Gambian boxer mantis
|Scientific name:||Oxypilus distinctus|
|Common name:||Gambian boxer mantis|
|Size:||Female ~ 2.5 cm
Male ~ 2 cm
|Livespan:||under 1 year|
*up to L3/L4 group-housing possible (males in adult stages also in groups)
First description (year): BEIER (1930)
- Single-housing: from 15 x 15 x 15 cm
- Group-housing: from 20 x 20 x 20 cm for 4 adult males
- Small nymphs can be reared in smaller enclosures (for moulting they need twice their body length free space downwards)
Two ventilation areas (gaze at top + front) adviced to prevent waterglogging.
Days ~ 30 °C
Days ~ 50 – 60 %, nights ~ 70 %.
- Substrate: Soil, sand, kitchen paper, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals seldom stay on the ground)
- Branches (also horizontal/bent)
- Living or artificial plants (Beware of pesticides!)
- Clean with vinegar or biodegradable glass cleaner (afterwards rinse with clear water)
|L1/L2||Small fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster)|
|L3-L5||Big fruit flies (Drosophila hydei)|
|L6 bis adult||Greenbottle flies|
This species also feeds on crawling insects like crickets/roaches etc.
In general: 8 visible sternites (ventral segments) at males, 6 at females (compare with Hierodula membranacea).
About breeding this species there is currently not much known as it is rarely cept in captivity.
- www.swissmantis.ch (November 2007) Website not available anymore