Stomatopods are predatory crustaceans that live in the shallow waters of tropical and subtropical seas and are known as the mantis shrimps. The carapace covers only the rear part of the head and the first three segments of the thorax. They are armed with a powerful pair of appendages topped with barbed tips, used to stab and snag prey and some have a blunt, calcified club on the elbow. They often attack prey larger than themselves.
Image Quest 3-D: Mantis Shrimp larva
Detailed pictures of mantis shrimp larvae from earliest stages to late larval stage. Also photographs of several adult species of stomatopods.
Information from Wikipedia on this marine crustacean, its ecology, classification, remarkable eyes and behavior.
Mantis Shrimp: Pet or Pest?
About.com's entertaining look at mantis shrimps from the perspective of reef aquarists and pet owners. In About.com's Saltwater Aquarium Guide.
Museum of Victoria: Stomatopod Biology
Summary page with descriptions of the biology, anatomy, reproduction, and distribution of stomatopods.
Reef Central Message Board - Mantis Shrimp
Bulletin board dedicated to discussions on mantis shrimps as pets. Moderated by Moviegeek.
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