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Black bark mantid female (Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis )showing the reddish pink color patch on the inside foreleg. Top view<br />
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Black bark mantid female (Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis )showing the reddish pink color patch on the inside foreleg.

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Black bark mantid (Paraoxypilus  tasmaniensis ) This is apearantly the female of the species. Almost impossible to see on the tree bark ,and not easy to take photos as everything looks the same colour and same patterns. Australia,Black Bark Mantid,Geotagged,Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis

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  1. Hi Ernst - species created :o) Posted 9 months ago
    1. Thanks, Arp. Sorry, both Jivko and I proceeded with identification :) Species intro will go to Ernst though, regardless of whom identifies it. Posted 9 months ago
      1. Thank s Arb also Jivko and Ferdy.
        I appreciate the input and don't mind who gets the points. Now I have to find the male of the species.
        Posted 9 months ago
        1. The true points (species intro) will always go to the photo owner, so that's why I often don't wait with identification. Posted 9 months ago
        2. You should not be sending more than one request for species IDs to be created when you have several photos. That's what leads to confusion. Some of us start from top to bottom and vice versa. Arp and I started from the top message. He created the species entry and left a comment. I saw the comment and deleted both requests. Jivko and Ferdy started from the older message and they didn't see Arp's comment until they got the error message that the species already exists in the database. Posted 9 months ago
          1. These comments make me think that there must be some list of pending species creation requests ? Is there? I've just been working from notifications of requests coming in by email ... Posted 9 months ago
            1. That's what I mean, the list of notifications in my mailbox. I usually start from the latest one which is the one on top. Posted 9 months ago
              1. Okay, thanks for clearing that up - I thought I might have missed a possibility to remove things from a list of pending requests when done ... Posted 9 months ago
                1. No you have not but that's a good idea. Read more about it in the forum.
                  https://www.jungledragon.com/forum/23/elite/771/creation_of_a_new_species.html
                  Posted 9 months ago
  2. @Ernst: On a different note ... I can't help noticing that many of your images (such as this here) "suffer" from high noise levels - the EXIF I can read here is incomplete, but am I right in presuming you often shoot with a high ISO value preset? It's a bit of a shame maybe as in many images I would suspect that there should be enough ambient light of just a minimal need for fill in flash to work with lower ISO and get sharper results, The photo models you have there certainly would merit less noisy photos?
    Cheers, Arp
    Posted 9 months ago
    1. Dear Arb , I use extension tubes which which I compensate for also this particular specimen/ species was alwise very nervous and fast so I needed More speed. I do not use a tripod and sometimes i use a program to enhance details . But I will try to reduce all of the potential problems.
      By the way the issue re submitting more then one species ID request is simple , as photos of the same species were uploaded several days apart I thought that it might make it easier to request for the first entry and then again the new entry . I wasn't sure if you had a program to link the two.
      I am sorry to have caused some confusion. Cant there be that images not identified to species level might be at least be identified to genus level or Family . But I have no knowledge in that area .
      Posted 9 months ago, modified 9 months ago
      1. Once the species record is created you can use it to identify any other photos. It doesn't matter which photo you will send the request from. You can add links to the other photos in the description too.
        For images that you cannot identify to species level you can use the description and tags to add the genus or family name but there is no way to identify them in the species browser. There have been many requests about partial identification in the past but Ferdy's reply is always no - it cannot be implemented in the current status of the database.
        Posted 9 months ago

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The Black Bark Mantid (Paraoxypilus tasmaniensis Saussure, 1870) is one of the Australian species of "Boxer Bark Mantids" (genus Paraoxypilus). It is a small (20-30mm) species, with clear sexual dimorfism in that the males are winged and slightly longer and te females are unwinged and more robust with remarkable camouflage while sitting on bark awaiting prey to pass by and catch.

Similar species: Mantises
Species identified by fchristant
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Uploaded Jan 11, 2018. Captured in 78 Tanderra Way, Karana Downs QLD 4306, Australia.