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Old 06/19/2017, 02:24 PM   #1
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At what size can you tell the difference between a peacock mantis and others?

Hello everyone! I have been researching mantis' lately, and I've decided that I want to get a peacock as small as possible, so that I can keep it for as long as possible. I've called up some LFS, and they have told me that peacocks are hard to distinguish from other mantis when they are smaller than 3 in. If I understand correctly, the spots on the side of the "head" are a clear indicator of a mantis being a peacock. Do those spots only show up at a certain age/size? Thanks everyone!


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Old 06/19/2017, 02:31 PM   #2
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The only mantis i could even imagine being mistaken for a baby peacock at first glance would be an O. Havanensis. Even then, not hard at all to tell apart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJWC_czMuY0 This is a 3 inch or so peacock.


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Old 06/19/2017, 04:45 PM   #3
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The eyes are a good clue


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Old 06/20/2017, 10:55 AM   #4
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Here's a fairly small one I had at some point, he had a lot of blue tones for some reason.

http://imgur.com/a/fKs75


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Old 06/20/2017, 11:14 AM   #5
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The smallet O. scyllarus I have photographed was just under 50mm and it had all of the characteristic markings of the species. The eyes are proportionally bigger as is the telson fan. In postlarvae that have just settled out the first distinguishing markings are the pairs of dark spots that appear on each abdominal segment. The dark spots that occur on the carapace are not unique to O. scyllarus. O. japanicus also has them.

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Old 06/20/2017, 12:06 PM   #6
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Omg that is the cutest peacock mantis I've ever seen!!!


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Old 06/20/2017, 12:28 PM   #7
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Omg that is the cutest peacock mantis I've ever seen!!!


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Old 06/20/2017, 12:49 PM   #8
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Thanks for all of the helpful advice!


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