Tiburon Mantis Shrimp

(Squilla tiburonensis)

The Tiburon Mantis Shrimp is an endemic species of mantis shrimp, found only in the Gulf of California.  They are known for the black-colored bars on their backs.  They occupy small burrows in both the deep and the shallow waters of the gulf.  For the most part, they are nocturnal predators, waiting in their burrows for prey to pass by.  They are known for their speed and for being the one of the fastest striking animals in underwater combat.  Their surprisingly sharp claws are can cause severe injuries, even on humans.  Divers, fishers and swimmers should be aware of that.

Shrimping boats often trawl these creatures along with other shrimps, which has caused their population to decline in recent years.

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