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Cyrtognatha species live in cloud forests in the Neotropical region, including some of the Caribbean Islands (for distribution map see Dimitrov and Hormiga, 2009). Most of the species are bright green or yellowish colored, with numerous reflective guanine spots on the abdomen that make the animals look shiny. In a recent taxonomic revision Dimtirov and Hormiga (2009) circumscribed the genus to include 21 species, more than half of them new to science. Given that most of the species are known from just a few museum specimens and that the genus is distributed in some of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, it is predicted that many species of Cyrtognatha remain to be discovered.


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