Odontodactylus scyllarus

Actually not a shrimp more of crustacean similar to a shrimp



450 different species of mantis shrimp


CR mantis shrimp

Tropical and subtropical oceans in the Indian and Pacific ocean.

Stay hidden in holes and burrows, exit to feed and relocate


Hunt prey which include: fish, crabs, worms and other shrimp (even other mantis shrimp)


Mantis shrimp have two types of claws

smashers: used to fight and smash their food apart

spearers: used to stab and snag prey

These claws have a great force and can be used to inflict pain on prey much bigger than themselves (can even puncture human skin). The shrimp strike rapidly creating cavitation bubbles between their claws and the prey they are striking. These bubbles create a great force on their prey. Have an acceleration of 23m/s. Can produce a force of 1500 newtons onto the prey.



One of the most elaborate visual systems. They contain all the receptive cones that humans have plus 15 types of color receptive cones.

Can perceive both polarized light and multispectral imagesmantis shrimp eyes



Participate in ritualized fighting

Some species participate in monogamous species and can remain with the same partner for 20 years

mantis shrimp eys

Check out this awesome hilarious video of the mantis shrimp!!

True Facts About the Mantis Shrimp