Update on the poorly known praying mantis Tamolanica leopoldi (Werner, 1930) with description of the previously unknown male

Xavier Vermeersch, Adwine Vanslembrouck

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Tamolanica leopoldi (Werner, 1930) is a large species of praying mantis endemic to the Aru Islands, a group of low-lying islands located in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia. Until recently the species was only known from two adult females (holotype and paratype) that were collected by King Leopold III of Belgium during his nature exploration expedition to the Aru Islands in 1929. The acquisition of additional specimens recently collected on the Aru Islands allows us now, 90 years after the initial discovery of the species, to provide an important update on this very poorly known praying mantis, to discuss intraspecific variability and to finally describe the previously unknown male.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBelgian Journal of Entomology
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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