Mantis shrimp larva

Mantis shrimp larva (stomatopod)

Location: 20-30 miles off shore of Winyaw Bay, SC. June 2005. Notes: This is an early stage mantis shrimp (stomatopod) larva with relatively undeveloped dorsal carapace. The preying mantis-like claws are distinctive. Several genera of mantis shrimps occur in deeper waters, many with undescribed larval stages thus precluding a definitive identification of this one.

Collected by: Dennis Allen, Baruch Marine Lab, University of South Carolina

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Late mantis shrimp larva, dorsal view. Arrow points to the “claw”.