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ZooKeys 696: Manual of Praying Mantis Morphology, Nomenclature, and Practices (Insecta, Mantodea)

Handbook / ManualJournal / Magazine

Series: ZooKeys Volume: 696

By: Sydney K Brannoch(Author), Frank Wieland(Author), Julio Rivera(Author), Klaus-Dieter Klass(Author), Olivier Béthoux(Author), Gavin J Svenson(Author)

100 pages, 29 colour photos and b/w illustrations

Pensoft Publishers

Paperback | Sep 2017 | #238484 | ISBN-13: 9789546428738
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NHBS Price: £45.99 $60/€52 approx

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This special issue of ZooKeys contains an updated standard for praying mantis morphological nomenclature, specimen preparation, and recording of measurement data. This study reviews morphological terminology across praying mantis literature, tracing historical usage of 193 terms in eight supplementary tables. A standardized terminology for morphological structures is proposed based on topographic homology, with the inclusion of new terminology for elements of the cuticular exoskeleton, wings, and genital structures. Definitions for 330 morphological terms are included within a glossary and a supplement with annotated illustrations of referenced structures presented throughout. Twenty plates document the position of more than 345 morphological characters with demonstrated utility for taxonomic and morphological research. Methods for reporting foreleg spination and ootheca characters are proposed. Furthermore, ZooKeys 696: Manual of Praying Mantis Morphology, Nomenclature, and Practices (Insecta, Mantodea) presents standardized methods of praying mantis collection, preservation and curation, genitalia dissection, and linear morphometric measurements in order to improve the ability to research specimens. By developing this volume, it is the authors' hope that praying mantis taxonomic and morphological research will be more accessible to students, amateur mantodologists, and researchers alike.


1. Introduction    3
2. Methods    4
3. Results    4
      3.1. Head    5
      3.2. Wings and wing venation    8
      3.3. Pro-, meso-, and metathoracic legs    16
      3.4. Thoracic structures    24
      3.5. Abdominal and genitalic structures    25
      3.6. Oothecae    50
      3.7. Specimen collection    56
      3.8. Specimen preparation    57
      3.9. Specimen mounting    58
      3.10. Male and female genitalia preparation    60
      3.11. Specimen labels    61
      3.12. Standards of measurement    62
      3.13. Glossary    73
4. Conclusion    86
5. Acknowledgments    87
6. References    87

Supplementary material 1    96
Supplementary material 2    96
Supplementary material 3    97
Supplementary material 4    97
Supplementary material 5    98
Supplementary material 6    98
Supplementary material 7    99
Supplementary material 8    99
Supplementary material 9    100
Supplementary material 10    100

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