Dryland Mantis
S3, Female Nymph, profile
Dryland Mantis
S3, Female Nymph, Thorax & Wing Buds
Dryland Mantis (Coenomantis kraussiana)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Mantises (Mantodea)
Family: Praying Mantis (Mantidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Dryland Mantis (Coenomantis kraussiana)
This Photo:     🔍S2, Male Adult, Pronotum🔎

Thank you Matthew Connors, Aidan Beutel & Matthew Hildabrand for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Adult males ~52-55mm long, while the female nymph was ~29mm long.
The female nymph was very colourful. At first we didn't recognise it as the same species as the adults.
Matthew Hildabrand said of S3 "Some A. latistyla can have similar very similar colouring but the stripy eyes are a dead giveaway, if it's the south half of Australia."
Matthew Connors said "I don't think any other large Australian mantis has dorsal lobes on the abdomen" (he's referring to the protrusions on top, not the flappy paddles at the end).

Copyright © 2022-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Jan-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.