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    Default New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered




    Swift, deadly hunters lurk in the trees, many camouflaged to look like lichen or bark. They don't sit and wait for prey; they actively pursue it. And when danger threatens, some even leap to the forest floor, fluttering to the ground like so many dead leaves.

    That's the life of 19 new praying mantis species discovered in Central and South America. The findings, announced today (March 18) in the journal ZooKeys, suggest the world of praying mantis diversity is largely mysterious.

    "Based on this study, we can predict that mantis groups with similar habitat specialization in Africa, Asia and Australia will also be far more diverse than what is currently known," study researcher Gavin Svenson, an invertebrate zoologist at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.

    Svenson discovered the new mantises, part of a group called bark mantises, in museum collections and in tropical forests. The continued existence of some of the species is unknown; some are known only from specimens collected 60 years ago, before agriculture or development encroached on habitat.

    Neotropical bark mantises live on tree branches and tree trunks, Svenson said. They're fleet of foot, dashing around tree trunks like lizards when spotted. The mantises have flattened, mottled bodies that mimic bark, moss, lichen or dead leaves. They fly poorly, so their last line of escape is to leap to the ground and blend in with the detritus on the forest floor.

    The 19 newfound species triple the previously known diversity of this group. Researchers once thought a few species colonized wide areas of territory. Now, it seems that, instead, many species have a smaller patchwork of ranges.



    Source: http://www.livescience.com/44165-new...ng-mantis.html



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    I think he/she is beautiful

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    Default Re: New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered

    That little dude has a couple of intelligent eyes, wow.

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    Default Re: New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered

    Here's my favorite one!
    I wonder what its saying.....


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    Default Re: New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered

    Nice pic, Olam. It begs for a caption.

    "Come at me Bro!" ?

    "Bow down before my magnificence!" ?

    "Gimme a hug!" ?


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    Default Re: New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered

    Quote Posted by Olam (here)
    Here's my favorite one!
    I wonder what its saying.....


    Look at me Bruce Lee!!! Staying Alive dance off has begun!! Wax in, wax out!! OUCH, did a butterfly just fly up my @ss???? Tickle tickle tickle!!! Cheer for me, who is number one, WHO IS NUMBER ONE, eh, EH???? Don't shoot officer, I'll hand over the loot but you can never take my juice green cuteness! This deodorant is amazing, smell me, I said smell me!!! I'm a mean lean green love machine, hi there ladies What do you mean I look defensive? Perhaps if you stop sticking huge camera's up my face I'd relax a bit!? Does my posturing impress you?
    O YEAH, Hot Chocolate, Everyone's a winner babe!!
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    Default Re: New Swift & Clever Praying Mantises Discovered

    Okay...so this might actually be a walking stick rather than a mantis...but still....I found this guy on my little shed and thought he was amazing.

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