Spore Mantis

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Spore Mantis
A Spore Mantis in Kong: Skull Island
Alternate names Walking Wood, Giant Stickbug
Species Giant insect florafauna (Phasmid Sylas)[1]
Height ≤50 feet[1]
First appearance Kong: Skull Island

The Spore Mantis is a giant parasitic insect monster that appears in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film Kong: Skull Island.

Name[edit | edit source]

The Spore Mantis' scientific name, Phasmid Sylas, comes from phasmid, which is an order of insects, and the Latin word sylas, meaning “forest.”

Design[edit | edit source]

Both the body and limbs of the Spore Mantis resemble fallen trees. In fact, bark is a part of the species' epidermis. Beneath this deceptive layer lies a parasitic slug.[1]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Spore Mantises are carnivores. They are less aggressive than some of the other predators on Skull Island, with one withdrawing from a potential fight with a Skullcrawler.

History[edit | edit source]

MonsterVerse[edit | edit source]

Kong: Skull Island[edit | edit source]

While attempting to contact the other members of his team, Jack Chapman sat down on a fallen log, which suddenly began to move. Chapman fell off the log, which revealed itself as a Spore Mantis. Chapman scrambled to recover his machine gun and fired it at the creature, damaging its wood-like armor. After calling out several times, the Spore Mantis turned and walked away. Confused, Chapman turned around, only to be confronted by a Skullcrawler, which promptly killed and ate him.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Camouflage[edit | edit source]

With its tree-like body, the Spore Mantis can blend in with surrounding forests.

Physical abilities[edit | edit source]

Spore Mantises possess "bone-crushing" jaws.[1]

Sap[edit | edit source]

Spore Mantises digest and envelop their prey with a "protein-rich sap." As a result, their victims can easily be identified in their "crystalline amber" feces.[1]

Books[edit | edit source]

Kong and Me[edit | edit source]

A Spore Mantis walked behind Jia as she played hide-and-seek with Kong. She described them as "logs with legs."

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Spore Mantis/Gallery.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Spore Mantis. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 KSI MYTHOLOGY SPORE MANTIS V2.jpg


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