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Phyllocrania paradoxa, common name ghost mantis, is a small species of mantis from Africa remarkable for its leaf-like body. It is one of the three species in the genus Phyllocrania.

Compared to many other praying mantises, the ghost mantis is a “miniature species”¬†growing to only about 45 to 50 millimetres (1.8 to 2.0¬†in) long.

It comes in various brownish shades from very dark brown (almost black) to greenish gray. An individual’s colors change between molts and are also dependent on light and humidity levels. source

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