Reconstruction of Manoblatta bertrandi, from Vršanský et al. (2002).

Belongs within: Polyneoptera.
Contains: Caloblattinoidea, Blattaria, Isoptera, Mantodea.

The Dictyoptera includes the cockroaches, mantids, termites and related fossil taxa, with the earliest representatives known from the Middle Carboniferous (Vršanský et al. 2002). Though commonly referred to as 'cockroaches', stem-group dictyopterans differed from modern taxa in retaining an elongate ovipositor rather than producing eggs in cases (oothecae) like modern cockroaches or mantids. Notable examples of basal dictyopterans include the Raphidiomimidae, a Late Mesozoic family with a narrow head and pronotum, elongate maxillary palps, and raptorial fore legs with short ventral spines on the femur (Grimaldi & Ross 2004). The Late Jurassic Skok svaba had long hind legs adapted for jumping.

Synapomorphies (from Vršanský et al. 2002; Grimaldi & Engel 2005): Pronotum large, shield-like, with paranota circular, much enlarged and concealing head at rest; head opistognathous; forewing tegminous, R and RS weakly individualised, anal area (clavus) wide, lanceolate, with arched, groove-like claval suture, anal veins gently curved, weakly branching if at all; cercus short.

Dictyoptera [Archimylacroidea, Blattida, Blattidea, Blattodea, Mylacridoidea, Phyloblattoidea, Polyphagoidea]
    |--+--Subioblatta RJ93 [Subioblattidae VVR02]
    |  |    `--S. karatavica RJ93
    |  `--Archimylacrididae VVR02
    |       |--Archaeotiphites captiosus Z02
    |       |--Manoblatta bertrandi GE05
    |       |--Uraloblatta insignis VVR02
    |       |--Archimylacris lerichei R70
    |       `--Miroblatta costalis Laurentiaux-Vieira & Laurentiaux 1987 RJ93
    `--+--Dictyomylacris Brogniart 1893 V02 [Archoblattinidae, Mylacrididae VVR02]
       |    `--D. insignis VVR02
       |--+--Necymylacris RJ93 [Necymylacrididae VVR02]
       |  |    `--N. handlirschi RJ93
       |  `--+--Poroblatta RJ93 [Diechnoblattinidae, Poroblattinidae VVR02]
       |     |    `--P. duffienxi RJ93
       |     `--Spiloblattinidae [Compsoblattinidae] VVR02
       |          |--Sysciophlebia ilfeldensis RDS03
       |          `--Kinklidoblatta morini RJ93
       `--+--Phyloblatta Handlirsch 1906 GE05, V02 [Phylloblattidae]
          |    |--P. aliena Z02
          |    `--P. gallica GE05
          `--+--Caloblattinoidea V10
             `--+--Blattaria GE05
                `--+--Isoptera V10
                   |--Skok [Skokidae] V10
                   |    `--S. svaba Vršanský 2007 BP10
                   |--Blattulidae V02
                   |    |--Tarakanula shcherbakovi VLR09
                   |    |--Mesoblattula sincera Lin 1986 RJ93
                   |    `--Elisama Giebel 1856 V02
                   |         |--E. americana Vršanský 2002 V02
                   |         |--E. tsaganica Vršanský 1999 V02
                   |         `--E. vidlickai Vršanský 2004 V10
                   |--Liberiblattinidae V10
                   |    |  i. s.: Brachyblatta Vršanský 2002 V02
                   |    |--Kazachiblattina Vršanský 2002 V02
                   |    |    `--K. asiatica (Vishniakova 1968) V02
                   |    `--+--Liberiblattina Vršanský 2002 V02
                   |       |    `--*L. ihringovae Vršanský 2002 V02
                   |       `--Gurvanoblatta Vishniakova 1986 V02
                   |            `--G. mongolica Vishniakova 1986 V02
                   `--+--Eadiidae V10
                      |--Mantodea V10
                      `--Raphidiomimidae V02
                           |--Cretacechorista qilianshanensis Hong et al. 1989 RJ93
                           |--Rhipidoblattina katavica GE05
                           |--Cameloblatta variegata GR04
                           |--Raphidiomimula Grimaldi & Ross 2004 GR04
                           |    `--*R. burmitica Grimaldi & Ross 2004 GR04
                           `--Raphidiomima Vishniakova 1973 GR04
                                |--R. chimaera Vishniakova 1973 V02
                                `--R. cognata Vishniakova 1973 V02

Dictyoptera incertae sedis:
  Sinogramma reticularis R02
  Parellipsidion pachycercum WPT01
  Ignaroblatta sibirica Z02
  Celerioblattina minor WFS04
  Leucophaea K-P83
    |--L. maderae B96
    `--L. surinamensis K-P83
  Karataublatta longicaudata GE05
  Byrsotria fumigata LY07
  Stenomylacris Handlirsch 1906 V02
  Pararchimylacris Laurentiaux 1967 V02
  Sogdoblatta Martynov 1937 V02
  Nannoblattina Scudder 1886 V02
  Rithma Giebel 1856 V02
  Praeblattella Vršanský 2002 V02
  Alienopterus Bai, Beutel et al. 2016 [Alienoptera, Alienopteridae] BB16
    `--*A. brachyelytrus Bai, Beutel et al. 2016 BB16
  Ponopterix axelrodi BB16, GE05
  Jantaropterix newjersey BB16
  Manipulator modificaputis BB16
  Compsoblatta [Compsoblattidae] RJ93
    `--C. frankei RJ93
  Hebeitermes weichangensis [=Hopeitermes weichangensis] RJ93
  Permoblattina T61
    |--P. curta T61
    `--P. permiana Sellards 1908 T61

*Type species of generic name indicated


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