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Stomatopod Images

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Stomatopod larva by Image Quest 3-D/Peter Parks

A beautiful picture of a stomatopod larva showing its enlarged raptorial appendages. I once saw a diagram of one of these predators actively preying on other small larva, so these fearsome appendages aren't simply for show. (more information later).

You might also wish to take a look at Image Quest 3-D's site, which features outstanding images of other planktonic organisms. In particular, an article on jellyfishes gives some insight on the filming of these beautiful animals.

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