|Photograph by Linda Cline
Radar Stomatopod: Undescribed Yellow Lysiosquillid
These beautiful and gigantic spearers are usually found by divers sitting in quiet repose in their burrow entrances, with the tips of their fearsome raptorial appendages peeking out demurely in front of the queerly shaped eyes.
This pic was taken in Michelle's Reef, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, on April 20, 2002 using a Nikon RS, 50mm + 2X Teleconverter, dual DS-125 strobes, and Fujichrome Provia 100.
This beautiful color in mantis shrimps may be an adaptation to the light levels present at the depths where this critter is usually found. For more information on the unusual coloration of these stomatopods, click here.
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Updated July 10,2003: These beautiful spearers have been named Lysiosquilloides mapia! According to Dr. Caldwell, Mark Erdmann named it after the the Mapia Resort house reef, operated by Celebes Divers where the type specimen was collected. In the local Sangier language, "mapia" means "beautiful" which is also appropriate. Reference: Erdmann, M.V. and M. Boyer. 2003. Lysiosquilloides mapia, a new species of stomatopod crustacean from northern Sulawesi (Stomatopoda: Lysiosquillidae). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 51:43-47.
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