Order: Mantophasmatodea home page
The order Mantophasmatodea was described on
species from Namibia (Mantophasma zephyra) and Tanzania (Tanzaniophasma
subsolana) as well as specimens representing an extinct species (Rhaptophasma
kerneggeri) from Baltic amber (Zompro
et al. 2001). Recent research has shown that further representatives
of the order are widespread and fairly common in the Western and Northern Cape
Provinces of South Africa (Picker
et al. 2002, Klass et al. 2003).
distribution of Mantophasmatodea. Solid circles represent South African
in the Cape Floral Kingdom (horizontal hatching) and Succulent Karoo
(cross-hatching). Other records (±) are restricted to Namibia (Karoo-Namib
zone, vertical hatching) and Tanzania. Map produced by Jonathan Colville.