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The Zebra Mantis Shrimp: 9 Surprising Things About the Biggest, Baddest Shrimp in Hawaii

Fun facts about the zebra mantis shrimp. No. 8 is surprisingly cute!


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1. The zebra mantis shrimp can grow to 15 inches in length or more.

Photos: Courtesy of Roy L. Caldwell

 

You might say it’s the largest shrimp in the world, but there’s a technicality. Just as peanuts aren’t really nuts, they’re legumes, mantis shrimp aren’t really shrimp, they’re stomatopods.

 

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2. The zebra mantis shrimp’s eyes can see several types of light, including infrared and ultraviolet.

When mantis shrimp mate, their bodies fluoresce with light that only other mantis shrimp can see.

 

3. The zebra mantises’ forelimbs resemble those of a preying mantis.

They are sharp as razors and strike prey with the speed of a switchblade knife.

 

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