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.
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.
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.
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.