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The silent spreading of a giant mantis: a critical update on the distribution of Sphodromantis viridis (Forskål, 1775) in the Mediterranean islands (Mantodea: Mantidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:R. Battiston, Andria, S., Ruzzante, G.
Keywords:alien species, biogeography, distribution, Mantodea, natural spread, taxonomy

The recent discovery of new specimens of Sphodromantis viridis (Forskål, 1775) in Sardinia, together with the increasing number of sightings reported in the literature for the Mediterranean islands, allow a first investigation of the spreading dynamics of this mantis outside of its continental habitat in a biogeographical perspective. An insect historically absent from the Mediterranean islands but often sinantropic and with spreading dynamics compatible with an anthropogenic dispersal is confirmed here as a new species for Italy.

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