Peacock Mantis Shrimp
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp has an olive-tan to dark green body (the males are dark green). The antennae are yellow-orange to green. The eye stalks are pale bluish and the eyes are a greyish colour. The front side of the carapace (shell) is whitish with dark blotches. Further behind the head and body segments, the carapace is mottled tan to greenish to grey, with lighter blotches, spots and stripes.
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp grows to 18 cm and has the most sophisticated vision and fastest strike of any predator on earth. The eyes work both together and independently to target prey and can detect more colours than any creature on earth, including polarised light.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp smashing a shell @ Koh haa
Peacock Mantis Shrimp @ Koh Haa
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a Smashing Mantis, armed with two spring loaded hammer claws. The strike is up to 23 m per second (50 times faster than the blink of a human eye). When striking prey, for a moment, the surrounding water reaches the temperature of the surface of the sun (yes, really!).
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp builds its burrow in rocky and coral nooks and crannies and often hunts away from the burrow.
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