Arthrophoto: Lysiosquillina maculata

This photograph is amazing for a litany of reasons beyond its aesthetic composition. The mantis shrimp in the shot is Lysiosquillina maculata. This is the largest species of mantis shrimp, reaching at least 16 inches, eyes to tail. The photographer, Laurent Ballesta, has caught the animal mid-strike, as it lunges out of its burrow at lightning speed, extending its raptorial appendages to spear a passing fish. You can purchase a book of underwater photography by Laurent Ballesta, here.

Here is an extreme slow motion video of this same species lunging for a piece of meat in a lab. Also, check out this excellent video of Sheila Patek discussing her work on the mantis shrimp’s strike.


3 Responses to “Arthrophoto: <em>Lysiosquillina maculata</em>”

  1. 1 Ashley March 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Very cool! I would love to see a mantis shrimp strike, let alone capture it.

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Michael Bok is a graduate student studying the visual system of mantis shrimp.

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