Peacock mantis shrimp

Odontodactylus scyllarus

''Odontodactylus scyllarus'', known as the peacock mantis shrimp, harlequin mantis shrimp, painted mantis shrimp, or clown mantis shrimp, is a large mantis shrimp native to the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa.

In the saltwater aquarium trade, it is both prized for its attractiveness and considered by others to be a dangerous pest.
Mantis Shrimp, the colour of the ocean packs a powerful, bite-sized punch The Mantis Shrimp is known for two things, its vibrant colour, and it glass-cracking, mask-shattering punch! Shy creatures, I spend some time stalking them and keeping a distance until they calm down and lend me a smile for my camera. I don't get too close though, one swipe of their pincer and there goes my lens! Diving,Fall,Geotagged,Mantis,Odontodactylus scyllarus,Philippines,shrimp


''O. scyllarus'' is one of the larger, more colourful mantis shrimps commonly seen, ranging in size from 3 to 18 centimetres . They are primarily green in colour, with orange legs and leopard-like spots on the anterior carapace.

Their ability to see circularly polarised light has led to studies to determine if the mechanisms by which their eyes operate can be replicated for use in reading CDs and similar optical information storage devices.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) Air Prang, Lembeh. Geotagged,Indonesia,Odontodactylus scyllarus,Peacock mantis shrimp,Spring


''Odontodactylus scyllarus'' is a burrower, constructing U-shaped holes in the loose substrate near the bases of coral reefs in water ranging from 3 to 40 metres deep.

''O. scyllarus'' is a ''smasher'', with club-shaped raptorial appendages. An active hunter, it prefers gastropods, crustaceans, and bivalves, and will repeatedly smash its prey until it can gain access to the soft tissue for consumption. It is reported to have a "punch" of over 50 miles per hour . This is the fastest recorded punch of any living animal. The acceleration is similar to that in a .22 caliber handgun, with 340 pounds-force per strike. In addition, the surface of its appendages is made up of extremely dense hydroxyapatite, layered in a manner which is highly resistant to fracturing. Glass aquaria can be broken by them. The composition is being investigated for potential synthesis and engineering use.


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SpeciesO. scyllarus