Acanthopidae is a family of mantises consisting of eight genera in the order Mantodea. The group was first formally split off as a separate family by the German entomologist Reinhard Ehrmann in 2002.[1] In 2016, five genera (Acontista, Callibia, Paratithrone, Raptrix, and Tithrone) were moved from Acanthopidae to the newly created family Acontistidae.[2]

Metilia brunnerii MHNT male vol
Metilia brunnerii - Muséum de Toulouse
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Acanthopidae


These eight genera belong to the family Acanthopidae:[2][3]

  • Acanthops Serville, 1831
  • Astollia Kirby, 1904
  • Decimiana Uvarov, 1940
  • Lagrecacanthops Roy, 2004
  • Metilia Stal, 1877
  • Miracanthops Roy, 2004
  • Plesiacanthops Chopard, 1913
  • Pseudacanthops Saussure, 1870

See also


  1. ^ Ehrmann, R. 2002. Mantodea: Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt. Natur und Tier, Münster.
  2. ^ a b Rivera, Julio; Svenson, Gavin J. (2016). "The Neotropical "polymorphic earless praying mantises" – Part I: molecular phylogeny and revised higher‐level systematics (Insecta: Mantodea, Acanthopoidea)". Systematic Entomology. 41 (3). doi:10.1111/syen.12178.
  3. ^ Otte, Daniel; Spearman, Lauren; Stiewe, Martin B. D. (2019). "family Acanthopidae". Mantodea species file online, Version 5.0. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
Extant Mantodea families


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