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Odontodactylus Scyllarus Mantis Shrimp Image 4
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Odontodactylus Scyllarus Mantis Shrimp (Image 4)

July 2, 2010
Odontodactylus Scyllarus Mantis Shrimp (Image 4) A female Odontodactylus Scyllarus mantis shrimp cleans her eyes while clutching her eggs. Mantis shrimp or stomatopods are an ancient group of marine predators that are only distantly related to other more familiar crustaceans, such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters. While most occur in shallow tropical marine waters, a few species are found in more temperate seas. Although they care called mantis shrimp, they are neither shrimp nor mantid (a species of insect), but received their name due to their resemblance to both praying mantis and shrimp. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colors, from shades of browns to bright neon colors. (Date of Image: 2004-2008) [Image 4 of 7 related images. See Image 5.]