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Short description: Family of praying mantises

Bantia fusca.jpg
Bantia fusca
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Thespidae
Giglio-Tos, 1919
  • Bantiinae
  • Miobantiinae
  • Musoniellinae
  • Pseudomiopteriginae
  • Pseudopogonogastrinae
  • Thespinae

Thespidae is a family of insects in the order Mantodea.[1][2][3][4] Following a major revision of this order in 2019, the old-world subfamilies Haaniinae and Hoplocoryphinae, previously placed here, have been upgraded to family level. Many genera are Neotropical, but the Thespinae are represented in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Subfamilies and genera

The following taxa are recognised in the family Thespidae:[5]

See also


  1. Catalogue of Life
  2. Schwarz, Christian J.; Roy, Roger (2019). "The systematics of Mantodea revisited: an updated classification incorporating multiple data sources (Insecta: Dictyoptera)". Annales de la Société entomologique de France 55 (2). doi:10.1080/00379271.2018.1556567. 
  3. Otte, Daniel; Spearman, Lauren; Stiewe, Martin B. D. (2019). "family Thespidae". Retrieved 2019-06-12. 
  4. Patel, Shveta; Singh, Garima; Singh, Rajendra (2016). "A checklist of global distribution of Liturgusidae and Thespidae (Mantodea: Dictyoptera)". Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies 4 (6). 
  5. "family Thespidae: Mantodea Species File". 

External links

Wikidata ☰ Q7783451 entry