Illustrated description of the mantis Mesopteryx platycephala (Mantodea: Mantidae) collected from West Bengal, India

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Gauri Sathaye
Sachin Ranade
Hemant Ghate


The mantis, Mesopteryx platycephala, is redescribed with digital images. Although known from Assam, West Bengal and other areas, the mantis is not recently collected or illustrated from India so far and is perhaps a rare species. This short note aims to fill up the lacuna.

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