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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Acanthopinae
Scientific name  Acanthops
Rank  Genus
Family  Acanthopidae
Tribe  Acanthopini
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Mantis
Acanthops Minden Pictures stock photos Mantid Acanthops sp mimicking
Lower classifications  Acanthops falcata, Acanthops falcataria, Acanthops royi, Acanthops centralis

Centropyge acanthops

Acanthops is a genus in the subfamily Acanthopinae of the family Acanthopidae, containing 20 species that can be found in Central and South America.


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Acanthops South American Dead Leaf Mantis Acanthops sp by CesarFavacho on

Most species in Acanthops are colloquially referred to as the Dead Leaf Mantis, a common name also used for species in several other mantid genera. The genus name translates from the greek nouns ἄκανθα and ὅψ as "thorn eye", referring to the presence in all Acanthops species of a shorter or longer conical tubercle on top of each eye. Note that such ocular tubercles also occur in various other mantid genera.

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Acanthops species have an unusual degree of sexual dimorphism compared to other mantids. The flightless female resembles a curled dead leaf folded back on itself, and weighs twice as much as the males do. It has reduced wings that can be raised to reveal bright warning colors on the abdomen. The male has long functional wings that resemble a flat or rolled-up dead leaf at rest. When perched, males often assume a posture where the head, grasping legs and prothorax add to the camouflage effect by recreating the appearance of a dead leaf's shriveled petiole and stipules.


The following species are currently considered valid:

Acanthops Boxer Mantis Acanthops falcata
  • Acanthops bidens Hebard, 1922
  • Acanthops brunneri Saussure, 1871
  • Acanthops centralis Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops coloradensis González, Miller & J Salazar, 2011
  • Acanthops chocoensis Salazar in Ariza & Salazar-E, 2005
  • Acanthops contorta Gerstaecker, 1889
  • Acanthops elegans Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops erosa Serville, 1839
  • Acanthops erosula Stal, 1877
  • Acanthops falcataria (Goeze, 1778)
  • Acanthops falcata Stal, 1877
  • Acanthops fuscifolia (Olivier, 1792)
  • Acanthops godmani Saussure & Zehntner, 1894
  • Acanthops occidentalis Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops onorei Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops parafalcata Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops parva Beier, 1941
  • Acanthops royi Lombardo & Ippolito, 2004
  • Acanthops soukana Roy, 2002
  • Acanthops tuberculata Saussure, 1870
  • References

    Acanthops Wikipedia