seen? This energetic shrimp-like animal is often seen on
our Northern shores, especially among seagrasses. It is more active
Features: 6-10cm long. Body broad
and long, colour plain grey or beige with fine dark bars and lines.
Broad tail that have spiky edges and a pair of paddle-shaped appendages.
Some have colourfully marked tails.
front pincers resemble those of the Praying mantis insect or the blade
of a pocket knife that folds into the handle. Armed
with sharp spines, the pincers extend and retract much faster than
an eye blink and the sharp spines impale soft, fast-moving prey like
fish and prawns.
and threats: Our mantis shrimps are not listed as endangered.
other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are affected by human
activities such as reclamation and pollution.
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