- any stomatopod crustacean having a pair of appendages modified for grasping prey and resembling those of a mantis.
Origin of mantis shrimp
First recorded in 1870–75
Also called mantis crab.
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- any of various burrowing marine shrimplike crustaceans of the order Stomatopoda that have a pair of large grasping appendages: subclass MalacostracaSee also squilla
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