Sphodromantisviridis (Forskal, 1775): New for Portugal and new records of the rare and small mantids Apteromantisaptera (Fuente, 1894) and Perlamantisallibertii Guérin-Méneville, 1843 in the country (Mantodea: Mantidae and Amorphoscelidae)

Biodivers Data J. 2014 Jan 8;(2):e1037. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1037. eCollection 2014.


Several new records are presented on some of the least known mantis species in the Iberian Peninsula. From data collected in Portugal, their analysis has proven to represent an important advancement in the knowledge of this group of insects for the country and the Western Mediterranean area. Twenty new citations provide a better understanding on the distribution of the crepuscular species Perlamantisallibertii, the IUCN red listed Apteromantisaptera and the first Portuguese records of Sphodromantisviridis, extending their western limits of occurrence in Europe. The data thus gathered emphasizes the need to invest in biodiversity assessment for increased knowledge on species distribution and phenology but also for monitoring over time, essential to better ascertaining ecosystem services, the effects of climate change and habitat conservation.

Keywords: Iberian Peninsula; New record; distribution range; mantis; phenology; threatened species.