RAINBOW MANTIS SHRIMP or STOMATOPODS ©Stephen Holinski
- Mantis shrimp or stomatopods are marine crustaceans, the members of the order Stomatopoda.
- They are neither shrimp nor mantids, but receive their name purely from the physical resemblance to both praying mantis and shrimp.
- They may reach 30 centimetres (12 in) in length, although exceptional cases of up to 38 cm (15 in) have been recorded.
- The carapace of mantis shrimp covers only the rear part of the head and the first four segments of the thorax.
- Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colours, from shades of browns to bright neon colours.
- Although they are common animals they are poorly understood.
- Called “sea locusts” by ancient Assyrians, “prawn killers” in Australia and now sometimes referred to as “thumb splitters” — because of the animal’s ability to inflict painful gashes if handled incautiously
- Mantis shrimp sport powerful claws that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning or dismemberment.
- Although it happens rarely, some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp
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