$76.00 – $82.00
There are over 350 species of mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda).
The peacock mantis shrimp is one of the most popular, colorful & largest mantis shrimps available to hobbyists. Their coloration is mostly tan, blue, green & purple. Their body is usually greenish and the appendages may be tipped in bright red or orange colors.
Mantis shrimp have earned a bad reputation, but they are fascinating and beautiful creatures ideal for a species-only aquarium.
Mantis Shrimp are not traditional shrimp but are members of their own group called Stomatopods. Mantis have very powerful claws that can crush shells, split flesh or even crack aquarium glass (an acrylic tank is recommended). Mantis shrimp need meaty foods and will prey on tankmates.
The Mantis shrimp is a marine crustacean. Most species can grow to around 10 cm (3.9 in) in length but a few species reach up to 38 cm (15 in).
Mantis Shrimp have been called “sea locusts” by ancient Assyrians, “prawn killers” in Australia, and now referred to as “thumb splitters” because of the animal’s ability to inflict painful gashes if handled incautiously. Mantis shrimps powerful claws can attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning, or dismemberment.
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