A typical body plan for Gladiators are as follows. They have slender antennae that are filliform. Their mouthparts are mandibulate and they have a cylindrical body. They are wingless and have one-segmented short cerci.
These insects are nocturnal predators and live within rock crevices where they hide in clumps of grass. They are carnivores so they prey on spiders and other insects.
The larvae grow very fast and they molt their skin many times as they mature into adults. Their life cycle seems to adapt to the short rainy season which lasts only a few months in Brandberg. It is still unknown as to where females lay their eggs.
Gladiators are very rare and are found only in Tanzania, Namibia, and the southwestern corner of South Africa.
Gladiators are also called Mantophasmatodea which is an amalgamation of the order names for praying mantids and walkingsticks.
Gladiators are not really a problem anywhere in the world. They have no economic importance because they are extremely rare. Therefore, they are not a problem anywhere in the world.