Sphodromantis is a large genus of praying mantises concentrated in Africa, sometimes considered a synonym of the genus Hierodula: from the same tribe, Paramantini. Outside their range especially, many share the common name African Mantis.[1][2][3][4]

Sphodromantis viridis.jpg
Adult female Sphodromantis viridis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Tribe: Paramantini
Genus: Sphodromantis
Stål, 1871

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Due to their large size and vibrant coloration compared to other mantids, Sphodromantis species are very common in the pet trade.[5] List of Sphodromantis species that have been bred and raised in captivity.

Brown sub-adult female Sphodromantis sp. "Blue Flash" on a hand. These mantids are often green.


The following species are recognised in the genus Sphodromantis:[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ African Mantis Archived 2009-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Trek Nature New Zealand
  3. ^ African Praying Mantis
  4. ^ African Praying Mantis Sphodromantis gastrica, lineola, viridis and centralis Archived 2009-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Keeping and Breeding the African Mantis Sphodromantis centralis
  6. ^ "Genus Sphodromantis Stal, 1871: Mantodea Species File".
  7. ^ "Sphodromantis aurea (Congo Green Mantis) Care Sheet". Archived from the original on 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  8. ^ http://www.ship-expert.com/index.php?categoryID=122950&itemID=170741054354[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Working with Biodiversity - A Natural History of Tioxide Archived 2010-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Sphodromantis lineola (African Lined)". Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2012-08-13.