A new species and first record of Vates Burmeister, 1838 from the Atlantic Rainforest (Mantodea: Vatinae)

  • Julio Rivera Unidad de Investigación en Entomología y Medio Ambiente, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Avenida La Fontana 550, La Molina, Lima http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8497-3042
  • João Felipe Herculano Instituto de Pesquisas, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Laboratório de Fitossanidade http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5530-0615
  • Leonardo Moutinho Lanna Instituto de Pesquisas, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Laboratório de Fitossanidade
  • Sávio Cavalcante Instituto de Pesquisas, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Laboratório de Fitossanidade
  • Maria Lúcia França Teixeira Instituto de Pesquisas, Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Laboratório de Fitossanidade
Keywords: Atlantic Rainforest, new species, Mantodea, Vatinae, natural history


A new species of praying mantis, Vates phoenix sp. nov. (Mantidae, Vatinae), is described from localities within Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states, Brazil. This is the first record of Vates from the Atlantic Rainforest biome. The new species is unique among its congeners in having, among other features, strongly reduced cuticular projections above the lateral ocelli, structures otherwise well developed and produced in all other species of Vates. Remarks on the natural history and biogeography of Vates, in relation to this new finding, are further discussed.


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How to Cite
Rivera, J., Herculano, J. F., Lanna, L. M., Cavalcante, S., & Teixeira, M. L. F. (2020). A new species and first record of Vates Burmeister, 1838 from the Atlantic Rainforest (Mantodea: Vatinae). European Journal of Taxonomy, (598). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2020.598