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n. pl. squil·las or squil·lae (skwĭl′ē′)
Any of various mantis shrimps of the genus Squilla, having sharp claws used for spearing prey.

[New Latin Squilla, genus name, from Latin squilla, shrimp; see squill.]
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n, pl -las or -lae (-liː)
(Animals) any mantis shrimp of the genus Squilla
[C16: from Latin squilla shrimp, of obscure origin]
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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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Noun1.squilla - a kind of mantis shrimpsquilla - a kind of mantis shrimp    
mantis crab, mantis shrimp - tropical marine burrowing crustaceans with large grasping appendages
genus Squilla - type genus of the family Squillidae
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2A) y con cuatro (Calappa convexa, Callinectes arcuatus, Penaeus brevirostris y Squilla aculeata) y seis especies (C.
schila 'squilla, specie di piccolo granchio marino notissimo a coda lunga [...] abbonda nelle nostre lagune, presso la spiaggia del mare e alle foci de' fiumi ed e commestibile, e a un di presso buono come il granchio d'acqua salsa' (Boerio 626).
Haemolymph parameters as physiological biomarkers for monitoring the effects of fishing and commercial maintenance methods in Squilla mantis (Crustacea, Stomatopoda).
Speciesspecific effects on hemolymph glucose control by serotonin, dopamine, and L-enkephalin and their inhibitors in Squilla mantis and Astacus leptodactylus (Crustacea).
It also serves as recognition of INA's positive influence on the community, and across the nation, and even stretching into the international marketplace," said Councilman Mark Squilla, District One, Philadelphia, during the dedication ceremony.
For example, in the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, mysid shrimp (Neomysis spp.), sand shrimp, mantis shrimp (Squilla empusa), and fish (bay anchovy [Anchoa mitchilli] and weakfish [Cynoscion regalis]) accounted for ~91%, by weight, of the total diet of summer flounder 125-224 mm TL (Latour et al., 2008).
The similar study expresses that chitosan from Squilla mantis by-products showed effective inhibition to lipid peroxidation.
Finally we have a list of crustaceans: sea crabs (Neptunus philippinensis), alimasag (Lupea gladiator, Fabr and Thalamita crucifera, Fr.), talangka (Thelphusa indica, Lath), uluhan (Palaemon ornatus, Oliv), hipon (Pendus canalicatus, Oliv), and alupihan dagat (Squilla macularia, Lam.).
Parapenaeopsis stylifera, Scyllarus arctus, Solenocera indica, Squilla mantis, Trachypenaeus curvirostris); crabs (Calappa lophos, Portunus sanguinolentus, Charybdis sp., Helice tridens, Paratelphusa hydrodomous, P.