|Gonodactylus chiragra by Eric Cheng
This is a pic of one of the more common types of mantis shrimps sold in stores here in the United States. It is a hardy critter, and I have kept a 9 cm specimen similar to the would-be hermit pictured here for more than one year already. It spends most of its time cooped up in a sealed tube, but occassionally opens up its home in order for me to feed it thawed shrimp.
Eric Cheng has a very interesting page on his pet mantis, including a series of great pics showing the stomatopod attacking a hermit crab.
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