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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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4. Zebra mantises spend most of their lives in their underwater burrows.

That’s why you’ve probably never seen one.


5. Zebra mantises are monogamous.

They share their burrows with their mates for life. The scientist who shot these photos, Roy E. Caldwell, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, studied a pair of mantis shrimp sharing a burrow in Kaneohe Bay over the course of 20 years.


6. The females lay more than 100,000 eggs.

Zebra mantis caviar!


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