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Singular larva of the mantis shrimp

It appeared in the Black Water Dive® in Kume Island I went the other day, About larva of Mantis shrimp with the shell of a unique shape, Discussion of the write some.

larva of the mantis shrimp
Vertical length of the about 45mm.
Swim of this mantis shrimp larva is not faster than other mantis shrimp larvae.
It's just floating like a balloon.

larva of the mantis shrimp
Most of the body, it has been protected in this shell.

larva of the mantis shrimp
The shell has ridge line on back and side.

larva of the mantis shrimp
This specimen has Rostrum and Median spine. However, It's look like a little defective Rostrum in this individual. Probably, the original rostrum slightly longer than this photo.

larva of the mantis shrimp
And, there has shorter and obtuse of Postero-lateral spine.


Carolin Haug & Joachim T Haug, 2014. Defensive enrolment in mantis shrimp larvae (Malacostraca: Stomatopoda) Contributions to Zoology, 83 (3).

Sidney Joseph & Townsley, 1953. Adult and Larval Stomatopod Crustaceans. Occurring in Hawaiian Waters. Pacific Science, Vol. VII p399-437.

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