04-17-2007, 10:00 AM
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Are mantis shrimp the creatures with front arms that resemble the praying mantis'? My lfs told me that these creatures were incredibly powerful and could punch through glass.
I just did a quick Google and here is part of what the article on Wikipedia has to say about them...
Called "sea locusts" by ancient Assyrians, and now sometimes referred to as "thumb splitters" by modern divers â€” because of the relative ease the creature has in mutilating small appendages â€” mantis shrimp sport powerful claws, formed like jackknives, that they use to attack and kill prey by spearing, stunning or dismemberment. Some pet mantis shrimp have managed to break through their double-paned aquarium glass with a single strike from this weapon.