Peacock Mantis Shrimp - Wonderful Little Crustacean

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a wonderful little crustacean for many reasons. It has incredibly-good eyesight, in particular for a very wide range of colours. It also packs a very fast & hard punch, which is uses to break the shells of its prey.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
An adult Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) hunting at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Credit: Kevin Michael Gacad
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)
Credit: Emmy Ahlen
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) at Richelieu Rock, Thailand
Credit: Alexander Kiermayer
Peacock Mantis Shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus
Scientific Rank
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:
Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class:
Malacostraca
Order: Stomatopoda (Mantis Shrimps)
Family: Odontodactylidae (Odontodactylidae)
Genus: Odontodactylus (Odontodactylus)
Species: Odontodactylus scyllarus
Size
Average Size: 13 centimetres

Peacock Mantis Shrimp are amazing creatures. They are colourful, and can see many colours. They have an extremely hard & fast 'punch' for catching prey or cracking shells. They typically inhabit waters ranging from 10m.-30m. making them perfect for divers.

This species lives on coral reefs around the Indo-Pacific region, and can survive in the wild for 5 or 6 years. Technically they are not shrimps, and are stomatopods, defined by the make up of their shells. Their eyes are the most-advanced and complex in the animal kingdom, and they can see colours that no other species can. 


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