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New Praying Mantis from Rwanda Hunts like a Tiger

Published on May 21, 2014 by Entomology Today

Scientists have discovered a new species of praying mantis in Rwanda’s mountainous Nyungwe National Park, and have described it in the journal ZooKeys.

Like all praying mantises, the new species is a vicious hunter. The wingless females are adapted for catching prey close to the ground and in undergrowth — similar to the hunting practices of a tiger — which inspired researchers to name it Dystacta tigrifrutex, or the bush tiger mantis.

“The new species is amazing because the fairly small female prowls through the underbrush searching for prey while the male flies and appears to live higher in the vegetation,” said Riley Tedrow, who is studying evolutionary biology at Case Western Reserve University. Read more on Entomology Today

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