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Mantis shrimp on a reef

Mantis shrimp on a reef

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LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LOUISE MURRAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Mantis shrimp (Gonodactylus sp.) on a reef. Mantis shrimp are marine crustaceans that live in burrows and holes on reefs. Despite the name they are not a true shrimp. They are active predators and use their club-like front limbs to break open the shells of other crustaceans and molluscs. A mantis shrimp strike is one of the fastest animal movements in the world, with a force similar to that of a low-calibre bullet. Photographed on the Great Barrier reef, Coral Sea, Australia.

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