Neogonodactylus bredini

I haven’t had much time to write this week on account of wanting to graduate someday. Here is one of the animals that I’m working on at the moment.

Neogonodactylus bredini

N. bredini is the easiest mantis shrimp to find on the east coast since they commonly hitch-hike on reef rubble, cultured in Florida for the aquarium trade. The photo above shows the ‘smasher’ raptorial appendage nicely, as well as the black pseudo-pupil (the facets of the eye that are directly facing the camera). These guys come in a bunch of different color morphs including the rusty color above, green, and grey mottled.

I’m trying to improve my photography skills, but the old Olympus C-5050 I’m using isn’t cutting it any more. It’s no fun trying to manually focus on a moving critter using a 1.8″ 110,000-pixel screen.
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Edit: Correction, this animal is actually N. wennerae. This species is physically indistinguishable from N. bredini. The only reliable determinant other than genetics is habitat depth.

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4 Responses to “<em>Neogonodactylus bredini</em>”


  1. 1 Ted C. MacRae April 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    After reading here for awhile, I’ve decided that mantis shrimps are pretty awesome animals – for non-hexapods that is πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Mike Bok April 5, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Likewise, I’ve gained a new appreciation for hexapods by writing this blog and reading BitB, myrmecos, and others. Insects are pretty awesome animals, for derived-crustaceans. πŸ˜€

  3. 3 Ted C. MacRae April 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    …for derived-crustaceans

    πŸ˜€

  4. 4 Jonathas B Pessoa-Silva December 11, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Does its entire body glow or you’re just talking about those white/green spots along his exoesqueleton?

    I’ve captured some N. bredini here in Brazil with a different collor pattern still the same glowing spots.

    Btw, I’m also studying mantis shrimps, but focused on their morphometric variation and distribution.


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

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