Journal of Ethology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 77–81 | Cite as

Predatory behavior of the praying mantis,Tenodera aridifolia II. Combined effect of prey size and predator size on the prey recognition

  • Taku Iwasaki


Predatory behavior of the praying mantis,Tenodera aridifolia, as a function of the combined effect of its size and the size of the prey was investigated by using prey models. Behavioral responses were almost identical through the nymphal development in the predator. As the mantis grew, it attacked larger prey models, suggesting that it recognizes the prey's size in accordance with its own body size. Regression analyses demonstrate that the ratio of the prey's volume to the cube and the square of the predator's length is a more important parameter for prey recognition than are the one-dimensional parameters of the prey's and the predator's sizes.


Regression Analysis Body Size Combine Effect Behavioral Response Animal Ecology 
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© Japan Ethological Society 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Taku Iwasaki
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyKyoto UniversitySakyo, KyotoJapan

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