Mantidis are absolute masters of disguise and fearsome insectavors. Their camouflage is often enhanced by carefully choreographed movements that mimic the plants they are disguised as and hunt on.
Believe it or not, you are staring into the eyes of a tropical praying mantis. This Ecuadorian Mos Mantid comes adorned with so many stealth adaptations that you will have to look three or four times before you have a change of recognizing it’s outline. These mantids utilize coloration, structural adaptations and behavioral modeling to deceive it’s victims of the approaching danger.
The Ecuadorian Moss Mantis you link to is a species in the Acanthopidae, probably a Pseudacanthops sp. l.yimg.com/g/images/spaceout.g… Note the compact form, triangular head and upturned abdomen even in adulthood (though that's females only), compare with farm9.staticflickr.com/8334/84…, rounded eyes, abdomen held horizontal and more delicate build.
This is why common names are confusing, as there are several species of "moss mantid", mostly unrelated to each other.
Beautiful photo though.
This is the exact reason why they're my #1 favorite bug.
However, I highly doubt this bug is from Ecuador, considering you are listed as from Singapore. I found a link describing the species as "Majangella moultoni" from Malaysia, which would fit the description.
There IS a moss mantis from Ecuador, I believe. However, they are in a completely different genus - Acanthops. They have larger heads, wider fore-arms and often display behavior similar to boxer mantises and flower mantises (which would make sense, since they are in Hymenopodidae)
I've edited the title and credited you
nice find as always melvynyeo