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mantis shrimp

Any of various burrowing predatory marine crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda, chiefly of tropical waters, having stalked eyes and a pair of knifelike claws that resemble the legs of a praying mantis and are used for striking or spearing prey. Also called stomatopod.
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mantis shrimp


mantis crab

(Animals) any of various burrowing marine shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda that have a pair of large grasping appendages: subclass Malacostraca. See also squilla
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man′tis shrimp`

any of numerous shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda having a greatly enlarged second pair of grasping forelimbs somewhat resembling those of a mantis.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mantis shrimp - tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with large grasping appendagesmantis shrimp - tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with large grasping appendages
order Stomatopoda, Stomatopoda - mantis shrimps
stomatopod, stomatopod crustacean - a kind of crustacean
mantis prawn, squilla - a kind of mantis shrimp
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Pedro De la Claws might only be a mantis shrimp - but he does not skimp when it comes to application.
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And then there's the real heavies of the natural world - the mantis shrimp. These guys either spear their food or smash it to death with their massive claws.
In the papers in this collection (CASSLS, 2001), for example, Robert Barlow and colleagues describe a finely elaborated model of horseshoe crab visual processing, revealing h ow the crab manages to navigate and find mates in a highly variable and noisy underwater environment (Barlow et al., 2001); Thomas Cronin and Justin Marshall give us insight into the marvelously complex mantis shrimp visual system, a unique and highly specialized tool for predation (Cronin and Marshall, 2001); Mandyam Srinivasan and co-workers introduce us to the secrets of insect vision (Srinivasan et al., 2001).
Meet the mantis shrimp. Commonly nicknamed "thumb splitter," this crustacean (animal with outer shell and segmented body) features club-like claws that spear and pulverize prey 50 times faster than the blink of your eye.
The six-inch Mantis shrimp will now be transferred - under guard - to a special bullet- proof tank at the Sea Life Centre in St Andrews.
The animal world is full of examples of extreme weaponry: the mantis shrimp's supersonic punch, the fiddler crab's giant claw, the African elephant's long tusks.
The bright orange fist-like club of the mantis shrimp, or stomatopod, a 4-inch long crustacean found in tropical waters, accelerates underwater faster than a 22-caliber bullet.
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Previously scientists thought no animal alive was faster than the mantis shrimp, which delivers a powerful kick at 23 metres per second.
Among the creatures the new employee will need get to grips with are a mantis shrimp that sports front claws that can strike with the power of a speeding bullet.