Thursday, October 30, 2008

Camera Critters #30

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A peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus. I love those eyes. Mantis shrimp are very intelligent and have excellent vision: they see more colours than we do, have depth perception in each single eye (that can be moved independently from each other) and they can see polarized light. If you are interested in this, you can read the original article here - hooray for open access science! Here's an article that's (a lot) more understandable for the layman.
This shrimp was pretty shy at first, but when he noticed that I wasn't using a flash to take pictures, he came out and after a while I really wondered who was watching who. Except when something moving in his tank got his attention. Peacock mantis shrimp have claws that are turned into clubs and can smash open clams, other crustanceans and can kill or at least stun fish with them. They can also break the glass of tanks. They use them like a mantis uses its legs to catch prey, at a speed of 23 m/s. Ouch.
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Photos were taken at the Tropenaquarium at Hagenbecks Tierpark.
Now go and see some more Camera critters

10 comments:

Gattina said...

Except the colors it looks a little ET ! Very good picture !

Reader Wil said...

Well that's interesting! I'd never though a shrimp would be that strong to break the glass of its tank! It's also beautifully coloured! Thanks for this information.

A Blog In The Rough said...

Wow that's one funky looking shrimp, and my what big, neat eyes they have! thanks for posting it and the info too!

dot said...

They make for colorful pictures. I would hate to see the tank broken!

arleena said...

Good picture, nice colors.

sandyshares said...

Flowers and this spectacular sandy

Rambling Woods said...

What an interesting little fellow...

Z'riz said...

Wow! That's a shrimp? nice shot! Interesting animal, too! :)

thanks for dropping your comment! :D

Jedediah said...

They are not true shrimps, all mantis shrimp have their own order, the Stomatopoda. The second mantic shrimp at Hagenbeck has just died last weekend and was being eaten by a starfish :(

Misty Dawn said...

That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen!!! I LOVE it! Absolutely perfect for Camera-Critters.