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Mantis Shrimps: Stomatopoda

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Mantis Shrimps And People, No Common Name (nannosquilla Decemspinosa): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS

NO COMMON NAME (Nannosquilla decemspinosa): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP (Odontodactylus scyllarus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Mantis shrimps live in the ocean off nearly all landmasses in tropical and subtropical waters.


Most mantis shrimps prefer to live in shallow tropical or subtropical seas, but a few species live in cooler waters of the sub-Antarctic. They are usually found along the shore in habitats affected by the tides or just beyond. Some species dig or occupy abandoned burrows with several entrances in muddy or sandy sea bottoms down to 33 feet (10 meters) below the surface. Other species live in hollows among rocks and corals.


Mantis shrimps are predators that hunt and kill animals for food. They attack fish, mollusks, and other crustaceans.

No mantis shrimps are considered endangered or threatened.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related Species