Mantis shrimp “antizoeae” larva

mantid_antizoa_big w arrow

Collected: 4 km off of Assateague, Va with an epibenthic sled fitted with a plankton net, 365 ┬Ám mesh), June 2008 and 2009

Notes: Most families of mantis shrimps (stomatopods) have the more typical larval form, with preying mantis-like claws but several families release larvae at this earlier stage, which lacks the characteristic mantid-like claws.

The carapace (arrow) is attached only at the anterior end, typical of all mantis shrimp larvae.

Larvae of only a few stomatopod families have been described.

Collected by Bill Johnson, Goucher College, Towson, MD