Gonodactylus platysoma (Gonodactyloidea)

Gonodactylus platysoma

I first saw this species of stomatopod in the field this year. They are really beautiful animals, with subtle but vibrant color accents on their dactyls, antennae, eyes, and on the edges of some of their somites (body segments). This individual is about 72 mm in length, and the species seems to be fairly docile (for stomatopods).

This animal also has very beautiful fluorescent patterns on its body:

G. platysoma; UV-excited fluorescence.

I talked previously about fluorescence in stomatopods here. However, I don’t know if the patterns on G. platysoma are used to amplify any particular signals. These animals live in shallow water and would have less use for fluorescent signal amplification.

9 Responses to “<em>Gonodactylus platysoma</em> (Gonodactyloidea)”

  1. 1 photographyfree4all July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for this shot. It’s great!

  2. 2 Mike Bok July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm


    I really need to get an appropriate lens for this kind of thing one of these days. I took this with a 50mm prime from two feet away and cropped the animal out. It looks OK, but not nearly the sharpness or detail I want to achieve.

  3. 3 Marc AuMarc July 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I would agree that a 50mm isn’t the best lens, but even in the larger size linked from the post it’s a very nice photo!

  4. 4 Marc AuMarc July 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Slight correction: I meant the best lens for underwater macro photography.

  5. 5 myrmecos July 9, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Whoa- that fluorescence shot is stunning!

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

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