Hunting Strategy

By mapping hunting strategy on the topology as a multistate character with 3 unordered states (Generalist, Cursorial, and Ambush), these data suggest that the ancestral mantid hunting strategy was generalist and there were three independent shifts to cursorial hunting and one shift to ambush hunting. The multiple convergences towards cursorial hunting strategy may indicate similar convergences in mantid visual evolution.

Svenson and Whiting (2004) Hunting Strategy