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Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Odontodactylus scyllarus


Also known as Smashing Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylid Reef Mantis Shrimp, Green Mantis Shrimp, Clown Mantis Shrimp, Mantis Clown, Rainbow Mantis Shrimp, Harlequin Mantis Shrimp and Painted Mantis Shrimp. Males brighter than females, juveniles yellow. They feed on fish and invertebrates.


Found close to reefs in sand and rubble areas with several burrows to hide in. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


This mantis shrimp was cornered, and that's why it reared up to appear menacing to us. Or maybe it was just curious about us...

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Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, matimar1. Where I live, the mantis shrimp isn't really rare. :)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Isn't it an alien or maybe a transformer?

AnnalisaD 9 years ago

Love the color!....I saw on a show these guys pack a mean pinch and they are one of the worlds fastest animals when catching prey.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Very bizarre

Nicholas4 9 years ago


textless 9 years ago

Very cool and alien looking!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

It's life Jim but not as we know it !

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Very Nice!

UmapornSarasat 9 years ago

Soo nice color and funny eyes.. good shot.

Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks, Carolina. Indeed, they're certainly very attractive.

I have a full-body shot of a pair of such shrimp...but I'm loathe to share it here because I took that photo of the shrimp caught in a fishing net. :(

Carolina 9 years ago


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Masbate, Masbate, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 10, 2011
Submitted on Dec 2, 2011

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