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[APD] Re: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 5, Issue 45

I want to be a mantis shrimp for Halloween this year.

Cheryl Rogers
Oak Point, TX

Paul Krombholz <krombhol at teclink_net>

They are called mantis shrimp, or stomatopods. Their front legs superficially resemble the raptoral front legs of a praying mantis. They have an immensely powerful strike. They either spear their prey or smash it with the calcified, club-like appendages. A large mantis shrimp has enough power in its strike to smash double layered safety glass.

-- Paul Krombholz in sunny central Mississippi

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