Discussion in 'The Octopus' Den' started by Cephkid, Oct 21, 2004.
Just pointless non-ceph move along pics....
Thanks. Phil's molting right now, so I don't see much of him....
Awesome mandarine fish!
Thanks! Mr. Mandarin does not (yet) respond to name. I'll find a way to train him though...someday...
lol Riiiighhhttt... Good luck with that.
LAAAAAAAA!!!!! Phil is molting, Phiiiiiiillllll is molting, la la la la laaaaaaa!
I think you mentioned this over on Ceph Care, but just in case someone missed it, Phil is a mantis shrimp, isn't he?
Yup. Phil's a Neogonodactylus wennerae Mantis Shrimp hitchhiker. (He's 1.5" long.)
He's one handsome fella :) I was tempted to get mantis' a couple of times but i was always afraid they would crack the glass. I wonder what it feels lke being hit by one?
dont think they call them 'The Thumbsplitter' for nothing LOL
Crack the glass???? Wow... That's some powerful shrimp!!!
Nice pics! Always loved the coloration of Mandarins.
I was watching "the most extreme" on animal planet and it showed several mantis shrimps smashing panes of glass, no idea how thick they were though. Phil responds to his name???
No phil doesn't, sadly. :P(They can be trained to, and I've only had him exactly 3 weeks today, so only time will tell) Phil is too small to crack class, that's G.chigira O.scyllarus and some other big ones. and then the class has to be >8mm thick. The Phil is an N.wennerae, and they only get 3". The larger ones that break the glass get 8" or more (I think the largest mantis is a spearer-Hemisquilla spp.-at about 15" long. ), phil is a smasher BTW. The fabled "Thumbsplitter" (one that can cut down to the bone) is actually a californian (smasher, I think) species that can reach striking speeds in the area of 10meters/second, and approaches the force of a .22 caliber bullet. Phil has flicked his "feeding tube" (eyedropper full of adult artemia, fills 1/2-3/4 of his diet) occasionally, and I can tell you, I am REALLY impressed. He can--in just a few milli-seconds-- easily produce enough force to smash a snail shell to pieces. Mind you, I mean an ASTREA snail shell! Anyways, back to phil :). Lately he's been acting smug...HE KNOWS HE HAS BETTER EYES THAN ME!!! HE KNOWS IT.... Yes, they do have better eyes, and yes , I did say smug....because he IS acting smug....
Announcement: molting looks to have been a false alarm.
One more extra post (triple posting twice in two days- I'm so ashamed. :P ).
The main advantage with mantis shrimps (besides the rest that I've already posted), is they are (as far as I know) as intelligent as cephalopods (advanced rituals in the wild, plus "playing has been observed, as well as learning, problem solving, and adapting behavior and lifestyle as needed, a distinctive trait in humans), have better eyes than humans (actually, as far as I know, best eyes under-and over-the ocean, will cover more later in post), can be trained in some ways, give great pics (and if you have a polarized lens you might get a pic of polarized signaling), and can live 8+ years. Very fun little guys, especially if you can teach them the "happy food dance" 'game', or peek-a-boo. :D
Mantises have better eyes, as they have 10 different types of visual pigments in their eyes(compared to humans 3-i.e. red(~560nm) blue(~425nm) green(~530nm)), have built-in "crosshair" design (giving phenomanal(sp?) depth perception), the "tribanded" design gives both individual eye depth perception and trinocular vision. More info here: http://www.blueboard.com/mantis/bio/vision.htm
Cephkid, thanks for posting all of that stuff. That stomatopod site is great!
You are most welcome.
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