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Odontodactylus scyllarus meral spread.
Photograph by Linda Cline

You wanna piece of me? Huh?

A Peacock mantis shrimp shows a full meral spread at one nosy photographer.

Linda notes:

This site in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has many mantis shrimp running around, and several different species. This individual was one of the common Odontodactylus scyllarus type, but was more brightly colored (very intense greens) than the others. When I approached him, he reared up and postured at me several times, presumably as a warning move? But that is his posture in this photo. He would also flare his front (chelipeds?) at me. His colors would have come out better had I positioned my strobe light on him a little better.

This pic was taken in Lawade, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, on April 26, 2002 using a Nikon RS, 50mm + 2X Teleconverter, dual DS-125 strobes, and Fujichrome Sensia II 100.

For some absolutely incredible images of underwater life, including many mantis shrimp pics, visit Linda Cline's web site!

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