Mantis Shrimp

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Rikke Jeppesen, Estuarine Ecologist here at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve spotted this huge mantis shrimp while out with the Estuary Explorers.

According to Rikke: It was a gigantic mantis shrimp. It is rare in Southern California, so it may have come up here with the warm waters of El Nino. The species is Pseudosquillopsis marmorata, and according to a book about shrimp and crabs: “It emerges at night to prey on bivalves and other organisms that are smashed by blows from the claws.”

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