Spore Mantises, also known as Phasmid Sylas, are giant insect Kaiju that appeared in the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island.
Name[edit | edit source]
The name 'Spore' means that a cell made by some plants that is like a seed and can produce a new plant while 'Mantis' is an insect.
Design[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Spore Mantises resemble a stick-insect, albeit one so big it instead mimics a fallen log. They have six wood-shaped legs and bark-like skin covering their bodies, and their head is small and retractable into the log-like covering.
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Personality [edit | edit source]
Spore Mantises remain camouflaged until their prey are within the right distance to attack. They can also be very aggressive when startled or when something decided to stand or sit on their backs.
Origins[edit | edit source]
A gigantic precursor to the phasmatodea order, the Spore Mantis is, in essence, a stick insect the size of an oak log. The limbs of its bark-skinned body house a powerful muscle system that is a unique interweaving of striated tendons and fibrous structural tissues more commonly found in the stems and roots of trees. These appendages allow the Spore Mantis to scuttle across ground at alarming speeds.
Housed within an epidermis of bark and vascular tissue, the Spore Mantis' trunk is host to large, slug-like parasite with spiked teeth and bone-crushing jaws. The digestive system uses a protein-rich sap to digest and encase the bodies of its prey, before excreting the remains, perfectly preserved as crystalline amber droppings that clearly reveal what it has eaten within. Our cryptobiology department appreciates the transparency.
History [edit | edit source]
Kong: Skull Island [edit | edit source]
Jack Chapman encountered a Spore Mantis while trying to navigate through the island on his own. Chapman tried to kill it with his rifle, but the bullets only caused a few of bark to fall off. The giant insect then fled, only because it spotted a Skullcrawler that immediately devoured Chapman.
Abilities [edit | edit source]
Camouflage [edit | edit source]
The Spore Mantises' wooden tree-like bodies allow them to blend in with the surrounding forests. It is quite possible that they can live in large logs in order to protect themselves against predators.
Endurance and stamina [edit | edit source]
With its large log-like bodies, the Spore Mantises' endurance might be as high as creatures that are similar size to their size. Their thick skin can repel bullets from rifles, but they may not be strong enough to serve as protections from Skullcrawlers, and they will not risk fighting the powerful predators.
Intelligence [edit | edit source]
Spore Mantises can hunt prey that are of smaller or similar sizes, but they will give up their meal to larger and fiercer predators such as Skullcrawlers in order to survive.
Jaw strength [edit | edit source]
The Spore Mantises' jaws are strong enough to crush bones.
Speed [edit | edit source]
The Spore Mantises' muscular appendages allow them to run across the ground at great speed.
Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
Limited strength [edit | edit source]
The Spore Mantises might not be very strong creatures, as one was shown backing away instead of standing its ground when it saw a Skullcrawler.
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Trivia [edit | edit source]
- Despite its name, the Spore Mantis does not resemble an actual mantis (lacking the trademark clasping forelimbs) and instead looks more like a stick insect. It is possible that the name is a reference to Kamacuras.
- Similar to the Leafwings (Psychovultures' subspecies), Mother Longlegs, and Sker Buffalo, the Spore Mantis incorporates plant-like structures into its body.