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Peacock Mantis Shrimp

Peacock Mantis Shrimp
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World, 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., 50-59 points Chapter 7, Unusual critters, Underwater Wonder World 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-25 3:48
Viewed: 10850
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first time I saw one of these, I thought I was looking at a creature from outer space. I took this picture at an aquarium.

Odontodactylus scyllarus

Mantis shrimps are elongated crustaceans with a long, flattened tail. The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a very colorful species, feeding on other shrimps, worms and small fishes. Most conspicuous is a pair of praying mantis-like claws, which are inflated in the terminal segment, an adaptation to crush prey with a strong smash.


Mantis Shrimp. The Stomatopods, or mantis shrimps have the most highly developed compound eyes of any crustaceans. These eyes have abilities to accurately detect motion and depth of a prey, and mantis shrimps are effective predators on a variety of fish and other prey. There are two styles of predation, and mantis shrimps are called accordingly 'spearers' or 'thumpers'.


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Wow Manyee. This is a GREAT shot. He has the most beautifull colours ! something from outer space surely !!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-25 4:19]

Hello Manyee!
It's great macro.Vivid colors,details,and composition are perfect.Very well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-25 4:59]

I love it! 3 in 1 - peacock /mantis/ shrimp. And what amazing colours and shapes. Well captured in the aquarium Manyee. Very clear showing all its details. Very well done. and thank you.

Superb close-up! Excellent sharpness, beautiful colors, very nice composition, very good DOF and framing. Also PS work is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Interesting looking shrimp. Great combination of colours. Nice work through the glass. Good job. Thanks

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-05-25 5:47]

Alien :)
I like colours of that creature.
Very clear and sharp.
Nice details.
Well done.

Very good pictue, Manyee.
I'm agree with you it looks like someting from outer space.
Great colours, good detials and well compsed.
It looks so nice against the black BG.
Very well done.

I've never seen this before. It's so beautiful! Good details, stunning colours and good composition.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-25 10:21]

C'est un animal fantastique, que de belles couleurs !!. Trés bien fait Manyee toutes mes félicitations Didier.

Hi Manyee!
Wonderful shot.Colors and lighting are amazing.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-25 11:19]

Excelent shot and well done on the composition.
Cool looking shrimp. edible? LOL


SUperbe photo Manyee !
DE très belle couleurs et une très bonne netteté.
Bravo !

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-25 13:46]

Hi Manyee, this is really an alien. What colours it has and you captured them very well. Great details.
Very nice image.
Thank you for sharing.

This is one of your best shopts Manyee. Absolutely stunning. Very colorfull and such an interesting critter. I have never seen it before. Use the clone tool in PS to get rid of those scratches and frame it and hang it on the wall! 10 points for this.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-25 14:36]

hello Manyee,
This is one of the best aquarium shots I've seen.
Its not easy to get such detail but you've done a great job.
Lovely vivid colours and excellent composition.
Great work,very well done.

Is'nt this the one you have to be careful about the glass in the aquarium as the knock out blow it has can break glass. the colours you captured here are spectacular, TFS this little monster from outer space.

Fantastic Manyee,
What a wonderfully coloured shrimp. Really sharp and well detailed. Great shot.
Thanks for posting

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-26 3:36]

Waouh ! Très belle et intéressante composition aquatique. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Wonderful, interesting & well done !

Very cool lookin' little critter Manyee! Great details, colors and POV. Shooting through glass can be very difficult. You've done very well here. TFS!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-26 20:51]

Hello Manyee.
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent. Very well managed through glass.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing the beautifull shrimp.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-05-27 17:39]

a great shot with amazing colors.... a wonderful pic... everything is so clear... I like this one a lot... thanks for posting...

Simply beautiful shrimp, Manyee.
Excellent composition, detail, lighting and colors.
Well done and thank you.

How many COLORS! really, in general, the sea animals looks like a extra-terrestrial, no doubt... a beautiful picture, the contrast of the colors with the black bottom makes that picture still more beautiful, worthy of a poster! Thanks to share with us!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-08-01 10:38]

Wow very nice picture. Aquarium shots are not easy. You tackled this shot with superb details, color saturation, and perfect lighting. Wow Manyee, Im very impressed with this difficult shot.

Hello Manyee!
I just discoved this beauty and amazing also from the zoological point of view picture! Great shot with amazing colours, perfect DOF and POV! And moreover, the object is very rarely presented on TN (really I do not remember any similar).
This is a great contribution to biodiversity on TN and thank you for that!
Best greetings,

Wow! This is really cool Manyee. The colors and the appendages on this cool looking underwater creature is amazing and you did a fantastic job capturing it. Thanks for sharing. :)

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