New Infographic! Our Humble Ode to the Mantis Shrimp

If you’ve been a follower of ours for a while now, you probably know that we have a peacock mantis shrimp, and that they’re pretty awesome creatures!

national aquarium peacock mantis shrimp

From their lethal, club-like appendages to their eyes (widely-considered to be the most complex of any living creature), peacock mantis shrimp have captivated scientists and online audiences alike, the latter is largely due to this comic created by The Oatmeal.

Did you know? Peacock mantis shrimp have 16 color receptive rods in their eyes (humans get by with only 3!). These rods allow them to detect 100,000 colors and many wavelengths of light, including ultraviolet!

national aquarium peacock mantis shrimp

Want to learn more about these awesome creatures? Check out our mantis shrimp infographic: 

national aquarium mantis shrimp infographic

2 Responses to “New Infographic! Our Humble Ode to the Mantis Shrimp”


  1. 1 Judy Dierkes November 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Cool beans! Worth the trip to see them! Keep those neat pic’s coming!

  2. 2 Roger S McNorton November 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a remarkable little creature…


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