Florida Mantidae Diversity: A Survey of Praying Mantises in Florida

Florida Mantidae Diversity: A Survey of Praying Mantises in Florida

Family Mantoididae

  • Mantoida maya (Little Yucatan mantid): Native species known for its diminutive size.

Family Mantidae

  • Brunneria borealis (Brunner’s mantid): A native mantid identified by Scudder.
  • Litaneutria minor (Minor ground mantid): Found in Florida, identified by Scudder.
  • Gonatista grisea (Grizzled mantid): Known for its lichen-mimicking appearance.
  • Thesprotia graminis (Grass-like mantid): Resembles grass in appearance.
  • Oligonicella scudderi (Scudder’s mantid): Another species identified by Saussure.
  • Mantis religiosa (European mantid): Introduced species with restricted distribution in Florida.
  • Tenodera angustipennis (Narrow-winged mantid): Identified by Saussure.
  • Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid): Largest mantid in the US, introduced by Saussure.
  • Stagmomantis floridensis (Larger Florida mantid): Endemic to Florida, found in Dunedin.
  • Stagmomantis carolina (Carolina mantid): A common native mantid.
  • Phyllovates chlorophaea: Noted in records from 1920 by Blatchley.

Prohibited/Restricted Species in Florida

  • Tenodera sinensis (Chinese mantis): Restricted due to its non-native status.
  • Hymenopus coronatus (Orchid mantis): Restricted due to its non-native status.
  • Mantis religiosa (European mantid): Prohibited if possed with the purpose to release it due to its non-native status.

For more information about restricted and prohibited species in florida follow this link to the FDACS "Guidelines for Importing Arthropods and Other Invertebrates Into Florida"



University of Florida. (n.d.). Key to the Mantids of Florida (Version 2.03) [PDF document]. Retrieved from https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/choate/mantid_key2_03.pdf

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