One of Mother Nature’s most amazing creations is the Mantis Shrimp. Just like the Pistol Shrimp we learned about a long time ago, the mantis shrimp is equipped with some extraordinary features that help them to survive in the wilderness of the vast oceans. They have superpowers that humans can only dream of but down there on ocean and sea bed, these superpowers are no more that survival instruments without which, these creatures simply cannot survive. Let us learn 20 interesting mantis shrimp facts and find out what they are capable of.
Interesting Mantis Shrimp Facts: 1-10
1. Mantis shrimps are marine crustaceans that are known as stomatopods.
2. There are more than 450 documented species of mantis shrimp. They vary widely in color. Some can have brown shades while other can be of vivid color.
3. On an average, they grow up to the length of 3.9 inches or 10 centimeters. However, there are certain species that can grow as long as 15 inches or 38 centimeters.
4. Mantis shrimps are predators. Often in several locations, they turn out to be extremely important predators, responsible for maintaining ecological balance in the marine environment.
5. They are commonly found in shallow sub-tropical and tropical marine habitats but prefer spending most of their time in holes and burrows, making it extremely difficult for humans to study them.
6. These shrimps have been known by different names. For example, Australians call them prawn killers, ancient Assyrians used to call them as sea locusts. Today, many people refer to them as thumb splitters.
7. Though small, these creatures are pretty dangerous because in not handled properly, they are capable of inflicting severe pain using their powerful claws.
8. Their claws play a very important role. In fact, their claws are their primary hunting tools. They can use their claws for dismembering, stunning or spearing their prey.
9. The claws of some of the larger species of mantis shrimp are so powerful that they can actually break the glass of an aquarium using just one strike.
10. Based on the usage of their claws, these stomatopods are broadly categorized as ‘smashers’ and ‘spearers’.