This shrimp packs a punch

Researchers learn a lot from mantis shrimp, colorful marine creatures that possess deadly weapons and complex vision

By Roberta Kwok, 12:52 PM March 27, 2013

One day in 1975, a curious magazine editor knocked on Roy Caldwell’s door at the University of California, Berkeley. The journalist had come by to ask the marine biologist what he was working on. Caldwell walked his visitor over to a glass tank and pointed to its dweller: a mantis shrimp.

Mantis shrimp are crustaceans, a group of animals that includes crabs and lobsters. Although mantis shrimp resemble lobsters, they are more shrimp-sized. Most are 6 to 12 centimeters (2 to 5 inches) long. If ...

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