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A male African Mantis. Despite its scientific name (viridis is Latin for green) this insect ranges in color from bright green to dull brown. Females can reach 10 cm (3.9 in) in length. Sexual dimorphism is typical of mantises; the male is much smaller. Females may also be distinguished from males as they have a six-segmented abdomen compared to an eight-segmented abdomen of the male.
S. viridis is native to West Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It can also be found as an introduced species in areas outside its original range, including Israel, Greece and Spain.
Spotted in the bathroom of a house at Sykies (Thessaloniki) near the suburban forest Seih-Sou.
Spotted on Jul 16, 2015
Submitted on Jul 17, 2015
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