Don’t let looks fool you—these beautiful crustaceans, known as Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus), are ferocious undersea predators. The colorful stomatopods hunt with clubbed forelimbs, and can wallop their prey at the speed of a .22 caliber bullet--enough to break aquarium glass.
When they aren’t using their specially adapted striking-appendage, they fold the limb under their body, where it compresses into a saddle-shaped spring. The animal’s vision is among the most advanced on the planet: they have two eyes with three focal points each, with light receptors that can detect both ultraviolet and infrared ends of the spectrum. Consequently, these remarkable crustaceans can see colors that humans can’t perceive. Photo by: prilfish #peacockmantisshrimp #peacockmantis #mantisshrimp #crustacean #crustaceans #amnh #oceanlife #infrared