Mantidae is one of the largest families in the order of praying mantises, based on the type species Mantis religiosa; however, most genera are tropical or subtropical. Historically, this was the only family in the order, and many references still use the term "mantid" to refer to any mantis. Technically, however, "mantid" refers only to members of the family Mantidae, and not the 14 remaining families of mantises. Some of the most recent classifications have promoted a number of the mantid subfamilies to the rank of family, e.g. Iridopterygidae, Sibyllidae, Tarachodidae, Thespidae, and Toxoderidae,[1] while other classifications have reduced the number of subfamilies without elevating to higher rank.

Eight-spot Mantis, Mantis octospilota
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Burmeister, 1838

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Details of a mantis modified foreleg

Subfamilies and genera Edit

Following the major revision of the Mantodea in 2019,[2] the Mantodea Species File includes ten subfamilies:[3]

Choeradodinae Edit

The Americas, Asia

Deromantinae Edit


Hierodulinae Edit

Africa, Asia, Australia

Mantinae Edit

Adult female Mantis religiosa

Mellierinae Edit


Omomantinae Edit

Orthoderinae Edit

Stagmomantinae Edit

The Americas

Tenoderinae Edit

Africa, Europe

Vatinae Edit

Stagmatoptera supplicaria

South America

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