Divers call mantis shrimp "thumb splitters." The impact from a blow from the claws and head is only slightly less than the impact of a .22 caliber bullet.
Mantis shrimp can grow up to about ten inches in length and are fast moving. They eat crabs, anemones, and fish, among other things, and if kept in an aquarium with other fish, they will eventually eat them all. They dig burrows and live in crevices in reefs and rocks.
There are two types of Mantis Shrimp; One armed with a hammerlike club while the other,armed with a sharp spear. The Mantis Shrimp in the photo is the later.
You could find these oversized carnivorous shrimps in mangrove swamps along the coast of Sandakan, Semporna and Tawau. Just watch your steps when you go traipsing in this waters.
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RGatward (20062) 2006-01-18 3:50
Good docu shot and informative note. Are these the same things as those delicious huge sweet prawn like things that the best seafood restaurants serve?
gilbriones2002 (930) 2006-01-18 11:08
i love this photo, i've not seen it in a long time, it's a local delicacy in the Philippines, really delicious just boiled in water,tfs.
Cricri (106327) 2006-01-20 9:45
Belle image, jolies couleurs jaune/vert, détails, de cette crevette, note interressane, beau travail
PJE (20758) 2006-01-21 17:13
Rabani I love the details of this not so good looking creature. He looks quite scary and looks like a mean creature. Thanks for the helpful info on this Thumb Splitter! Nicely done!
klyee75 (778) 2006-02-14 19:53
Wow I have never see a mantis shrimp with that big arm...looks like a alien movie...scary..and the size is real big anyway good sharpness too.
nagual2 (1448) 2013-10-25 12:51
THAT IS A GREAT PICTURE.,GENETICS WORKING.TFS
- Copyright: Rabani HMA (rabani) (9645)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 350d (Rebel), Canon 17-85mm F\4-5.6 IS USM
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- Date Submitted: 2006-01-18 3:47