Peacock Mantis Shrimp [Odontodactylus scyllarus]

00 Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus

Odontodactylus scyllarus, known as the peacock mantis shrimpharlequin mantis shrimppainted mantis shrimp, or clown mantis shrimp, is a large mantis shrimp native to the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa.  O. scyllarus is one of the larger, more colourful mantis shrimps commonly seen, ranging in size from 3 to 18 centimetres (1.2 to 7.1 in). They are primarily green in colour, with orange legs and leopard-like spots on the anterior carapace. Their ability to see circularly polarised light has led to studies to determine if the mechanisms by which their eyes operate can be replicated for use in reading CDs and similar optical information storage devices.

 Pictures: Phillippines by Sami Salmenkivi

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