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Phylum Anthropoda Subphylum Crustacea Class Malacostraca Order Stomatopoda Number of families 17

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Predatory, shrimplike crustaceans with acute vision and complex behavior that subdue prey and defend themselves by means of specialized forelimbs modified with stabbing spines or heavily calcified "elbows" used as clubs

Photo: Orange mantis shrimps (Lysiosquilla sp.) live in burrows and prey on small fishes which they "spear" with their sharp claws. (Photo by David Hall/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

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