Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Trinh van Nam

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Odontodactylus scyllarus, commonly known as the Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Painted Mantis, Harlequin Mantis, or Clown Shrimp, is a brightly colored species of mantis shrimp found across the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It burrows into crevices in sand near coral reefs, where they hunt for prey using the significant smashing strength of their appendages. Peacock Mantis Shrimp can grow upt to 18cm in length.

Subject: Male Artist: Trinh van Nam Medium: Watercolor Published: Manning, R.B. 1995 Stomatopod Crustacea of Vietnam: The legacy of Raoul Serène. Crustacean Research, Carcinological Society of Japan, Special Number 4:1-339, figs.1-142, pls.1-38. Plate 13

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  • Title: Peacock Mantis Shrimp
  • Creator: Trinh van Nam
  • Type: Illustration
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
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  • Medium: Watercolor
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): 1200998
  • Scientific Name: <i>Odontodactylus scyllarus</i> (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Invertebrate Zoology