Found in the IndoPacific Ocean south of Japan and North of Australia in the depth of 30 to 40 meters. Peacock Mentis Shrimps are carnivorous. They have a nickname as punching shrimp as they have specialised calcified “clubs” that can strike with great power. The punch is so strong that it can break the hard-shelled hermit crab body.

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is very colorful with hues of bright red, green, orange and blue, and its forearms are covered in spots. At the top of its head rests a set of protruding eyes which can monitor the surrounding in 360 angles. The peacock mantis shrimp live in the holes of coral and rocks on the ocean floor.




1. It is the most colorful and vibrant shrimp.


2. The mantis shrimp punch is fast enough to boil water.


3. They can punch their enemies with a speed of .22 caliber bullets which is 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye.
4. They hit with a force of 330 pounds if a human could have hit with that force human could break steels.


5. Peacock Mentis Shrimp weigh only just 1/3rd of a pound though they have a punching force of 200 lb.


6. It is impossible to keep them in a normal aquarium as they could literally break the glass with a punch. They are carnivorous too, they will literally kill other fishes in the tank.


7. They live in U-shaped burrows in corals and ocean floor that they are hard to spot by a prey.


8. It is called Peacock Mentis Shrimp because of its color resembling a peacock.


9. It has two eyes with three focal points and each eye can rotate individually.


10. They can detect 10 times more color than human can including ultraviolet lights.

Peacock Mantis Shrimp is an interesting sea animal. Its colorful body attracts the prey near to it. They feed on crabs, small fish, and other invertebrates living on the seafloor. Japanese people do eat mantis shrimp as sushi. Scientists Develop Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Sensors That Can Detect Cancer.



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