Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Published: 2017-07-13

A new genus and species of bark mantis from Thailand, with an updated key to the bark mantis genera of the Oriental region (Insecta: Mantodea)

Ruhr University Bochum, Department of Biology and Biotechnology, ND 1/31, D-44780 Bochum, Germany.
State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, Division of Entomology, Erbprinzenstraße 13, D-76133 Karlsruhe, Germany. E-mail:
Mantodea Paratheopompa siamensis new genus new species Humbertiella Theopompa


A new genus and species of praying mantis, Paratheopompa siamensis n. gen. n. sp. from Thailand is described and figured. The species is most closely related to the Oriental genera Humbertiella Saussure, 1869 and Theopompa Stål, 1877, filling the morphological gap between the two genera. A key to the Oriental bark mantises of the Humbertiella group is provided.



  1. Beier, M. (1934a) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Hymenopodinae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 196, 1–37, pls. 1–2 [Nachträge 1937a, 3 pp.].

    Beier, M. (1934b) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Sibyllinae und Empusinae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 197, 1–10, pl. 1.

    Beier, M. (1934c) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Toxoderinae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 198, 1–9, 1 pl. [Nachträge 1937b, 1 p.].

    Beier, M. (1935a) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Thespinae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 200, 1–32, pls. 1–2. [Nachträge 1937c, 1 p.]

    Beier, M. (1935b) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Orthoderinae – Choeradodinae – Deroplatynae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 201, 1–10, pl. 1.

    Beier, M. (1935c) Mantodea. Fam. Mantidae. Subfam. Mantinae. Genera Insectorum, Fascicule 203, 1–146 pp., pl. 1–8 [Nachträge 1937d, 3 pp.]

    Beier, M. (1964) Blattopteroidea. Mantodea. In: Bronn H.G. Dr. H. G. Bronns Klassen und Ordnungen des Tierreichs. Arthropoda. III. Insecta. 6 (5). Geest & Portig K.-G., Leipzig, pp. 850–970.

    Beier, M. (1968) Mantodea (Fangheuschrecken). In: Handbuch der Zoologie, eine Naturgeschichte der Stämme desTierreiches, 4 (2), Teil 2/12, pp. 1–47.

    Béthoux, O. & Wieland, F. (2009) Evidence for Carboniferous origin of the order Mantodea (Insecta: Dictyoptera) gained from forewing morphology. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 156, 79–113.

    Chopard, L. (1930) Description d’un Mantide (Orth.) mimétique des Cicindèles du genre Tricondylus. Bulletin de la Société entomologique de France, 14, 229–232.

    Ehrmann, R. (2002) Mantodea – Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt. Natur und Tier-Verlag, Münster, 519 pp., 32 pls.

    Giglio-Tos, E. (1915) Mantidi esotici. Generi e specie nuove. Bullettino della Società Entomologica Italiana, 46, 31–108.

    Giglio-Tos, E. (1919) Saggio di una nuova classificazione dei mantidi. Bullettino della Società Entomologica Italiana, 49, 50–87.

    Giglio-Tos, E. (1927) Das Tierreich. 50. Lfg. Orthoptera Mantidae. Walter de Gruyter & Co., Berlin & Leipzig, XL + 707 pp.

    Legendre, F., Nel, A., Svenson, G.J., Robillard, T., Pellens, R. & Grandcolas, P. (2015) Phylogeny of Dictyoptera: Dating the origin of cockroaches, praying mantises and termites with molecular data and controlled fossil evidence. PLoS ONE, 10 (7), e0130127.

    Otte, D. & Spearman, L. (2005) Mantida species file – Catalog of the mantids of the world. Publication Number 1. Insect Diversity Association, Philadelphia, 489 pp.

    Rivera, J. & Svenson, G.J. (2016) The Neotropical ‘polymorphic earless praying mantises’ – Part I: molecular phylogeny and revised higher-level systematics (Insecta: Mantodea, Acanthopoidea). Systematic Entomology, 41, 607–649.

    Saussure, H. de (1869) Essai d’un système des mantides. Mittheilungen der Schweizerischen entomologischen Gesellschaft, 3 (2), 49–73.

    Saussure, H. de (1871) Mélanges orthoptérologiques. IIIme Fascicule. IV. Mantides. Mémoires de la Société de physique et d’Histoire naturelle de Genève, 21 (2), 1–214, 2 pls.

    Stål, C. (1871) Orthoptera quaedam africana descripsit C. Stål. Öfversigt af Kongliga Vetenskaps-Akademiens Förhandlingar, 28 (3), 375–401.

    Stål, C. (1877) Systema Mantodeorum. Essai d’une systématisation nouvelle des Mantodées. Bihang till Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps Akademiens Handlingar, 4 (10), 1–91, 1 pl.

    Svenson, G.J. (2014) Revision of the Neotropical bark mantis genus Liturgusa Saussure, 1869 (Insecta, Mantodea, Liturgusini). Zookeys, 390, 1–214.

    Svenson, G.J. & Whiting, M.F. (2009) Reconstructing the origins of praying mantises (Dictyoptera, Mantodea): the role of Gondwanan vicariance and morphological convergence. Cladistics, 25, 468–514.

    Svenson, G.J., Hardy, N.B., Cahill Wightman, H.M. & Wieland, F. (2015) Of flowers and twigs: phylogenetic revision of the plant-mimicking praying mantises (Mantodea: Empusidae and Hymenopodidae) with a new suprageneric classification. Systematic Entomology, 40 (4), 789–834.

    Svenson, G.J., Medellin, C. & Sarmiento, C.E. (2016) Re-evolution of a morphological precursor of crypsis investment in the newly revised horned praying mantises (Insecta, Mantodea, Vatinae). Systematic Entomology, 41 (1), 229–255.

    Wieland, F. (2013) The phylogenetic system of Mantodea (Insecta: Dictyoptera). Species, Phylogeny, and Evolution, 3 (1), 3–222.

    Wood-Mason, J. (1891) A Catalogue of the Mantodea, with descriptions of new genera and species, and an enumeration of the specimens, in the Collection of the Indian Museum, Calcutta. No. 2. The Indian Museum, Calcutta, 17 pp., 2 pls. [pp. 49–66]

    Yager, D.D. & Svenson, G.J. (2008) Patterns of praying mantis auditory system evolution based on morphological, molecular, neurophysiological, and behavioural data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 94, 541–568.

    Yang, C.-K. & Wang, J. (1999) Mantodea. In: Fauna of Insects – Fujian Province of China. Vol. 1. Science and Technology Publisher of Fujian Province, Fuzhou, pp. 74–106.