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Family: Sibyllidae (sybyllid mantids)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dictyoptera > Mantodea (mantids)

This is a very small family of fragile mantids with a forked and laterally toothed projection on top of the head. The prothorax, which is long and slender, is armed with lateral lobes and a rather sharp dorsal projection.     


Sybylla pretiosa (body length 45mm) [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths  from Field Guide  to Insects of South Africa, used with permission]. 


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