Monday, January 21

Mantis shrimp – a colorful and fascinating sea creature.

a colorful and fascinating sea creature.
Mantis shrimp or stomatopods are marine crustaceans and it is the members of the order Stomatopoda. The shrimp is a fascinating creature that has the ability to punch its prey into submission with a club that accelerates underwater at around 10,400 g. It is called "sea locusts" by ancient Assyrians, "prawn killers" in Australia and now it also referred as "thumb splitters" because of the animal's ability to inflict painful gashes if handled incautiously.

A delicious sea food made by Mantis shrimp
A delicious sea food made by Mantis shrimp
They may reach nearly 30 centimeters in length but in exceptional cases it has been recorded up to 38 centimeters. The carapace of mantis shrimp covers only the rear part of the head and the first four segments of the thorax. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colors, from shades of browns to bright neon colors. Mantis Shrimp are crustaceans that live in shallow waters and normally grow to about a foot long. More then 400 species of mantis shrimp have currently been described worldwide. They are commonly separated into two distinct groups (Spearers and Smashers) determined by the manner of claws.

a beautiful sea creature
Mantis shrimp - beautiful sea creature
The mantis shrimp has very powerful claws that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning, or dismemberment. Although it happens rarely, some larger species of mantis shrimp are capable of breaking through aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon. The mantis shrimp uses its formidable weapon to break the shells of its prey but, until recently, it was unclear how its club could receive such a severe, repetitive pounding without suffering too much damage. The club, in fact, handles as many as fifty thousands strikes during its lifespan.

A appetizing chinese food made by Mantis shrimp
A appetizing chinese food made by Mantis shrimp
The mantis shrimp in Cuisine: In Japanese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is eaten boiled as a sushi topping, and occasionally, raw as sashimi. In Cantonese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is known as "pissing shrimp". In the Mediterranean countries the mantis shrimp Squilla mantis is common seafood, especially on the Adriatic coasts and the Gulf of Cadiz. In the Philippines it is cooked and eaten like shrimp like other shrimps and known as tatampal, hipong-dapa or alupihang-dagat.

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