Animal Update: Peacock Mantis Shrimp

A new peacock mantis shrimp is on exhibit in our Surviving through Adaptation gallery!

Published February 03, 2017

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Native to the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this shrimp can be found in crevices of coral and among rocks on the ocean floor. Armed with appendages that pack a powerful punch, a mantis shrimp can kill prey larger than itself, including crabs, gastropods and mollusks.

Not only are the shrimp’s appendages impressive, its eyes alone are the most complex in the animal kingdom. While humans have just three color-receptive cones, the peacock mantis shrimp has 16 cones, meaning it can detect ten time more color than humans. It uses this amazing eyesight to avoid predators and find prey.

Learn more about the mighty peacock mantis shrimp here!

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