Stomatopods (mantis shrimps) are predatory crustaceans that live in the shallow waters of tropical
and subtropical seas. They use specialized raptorial appendages to capture and subdue prey by
either "spearing" the animals or "smashing" them with heavily calcified clubs.
The force of the strike of a large Californian species approaches that of a 22
caliber bullet, and is capable of breaking double layered safety glass. They
are, weight for weight, probably the most formidable animals alive.
I have been interested in mantis shrimps since I first read about them in early 1998,
and I hope this site will give you a very good idea why mantis shrimps are one of the most
remarkable and fascinating animals on earth.
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Web Site Author: A. Sunjian
Site Created February 3, 1998
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