Peackok Mantis  Odontodactylus schyllarus

Odontodactylus schyllarus     Peackok Mantis

Class: Malacostraca.   Order: Stomatopoda     Family: Odontodactylidae     Size: to 18 cm

Odontodactylus scyllarus is one of the larger, more colourful mantis shrimps commonly seen, blue eyes stalks, dark blotches on frontside of carapace.

Indo-West Pacific from Indonesia to Guam and N.E Australia.

Peackok Mantis  Odontodactylus schyllarus

It is a smasher, with club-shaped raptorial appendages. An active hunter, it prefers gastropods, crustaceans, and bivalves, and will repeatedly smash its prey until it can gain access to the soft tissue for consumption. 

Peackok Mantis  Odontodactylus schyllarus

Their ability to see circularly polarised light has led to studies to determine if the mechanisms by which their eyes operate can be replicated for use in reading CDs and similar optical information-storage devices.

Peackok Mantis  Odontodactylus schyllarus
Pink-eared Mantis  Odontodactylus latirostris

Odontodactylus latirostris     Pink-eared Mantis

Class: Malacostraca.    Order: Stomatopoda     Family: Odontodactylidae     Size: to 8 cm

Female antennal scales pink to purplish, males red. Body mottles greenish brown with reddish highlights. Pink and red uropods ( outside tail appendages ).

Indo-West Pacific from Indonesia to N.E Australia and New Caledonia.

Paolo Cudicini

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