Unlike the smashing mantis shrimp, spearing mantis shrimp have barbed ‘spring-loaded' front limbs used to stab and capture soft-bodied prey, such as fish and worms.
Building their burrows in soft sediments close to the reef edge, spearing mantis shrimp are usually found at the dive sites around Koh Lanta in their 4 - 6 cm diameter burrow holes.
These shy creatures can often be lured to the surface by gently tapping two pieces of metal together close to the burrow entrance. (e.g. knife and weight block)