STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mantis shrimp. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a mantis shrimp (order Stomatopoda) from India. Mantis shrimps are crustaceans only distantly related to the true shrimps. They are active predators and use their club-like front limbs (tucked under body) to kill prey. They feed mainly on crabs and molluscs, breaking open their shells with blows from these clubs. A mantis shrimp's strike is one of the fastest animal movements in the world, with a force similar to that of a low-calibre bullet. The eyes of the mantis shrimp are the most complex in the world, containing as many as 16 different types of photoreceptor (compared to four in humans). Magnification: x8 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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