|Photographs by Stuart Hutchison
Dogging a spearer: Lysiosquillina maculata
The photographer says:
This species is the largest of all stomatopods, with some specimens reaching nearly half a meter. It is also monogamous, an admirable trait (at least in humans). Dr Caldwell's site states that the male and female live in the same burrow, but have different “jobs”—the female takes care of the eggs and the male hunts for food for both of them. Thus, the males can be distinguished by their larger eyes and larger raptorial appendages.
This widespread species ranges from Hawaii to East Africa, and it lives in extremely long burrows in the sand and mud (with some burrows being up to 10 meters long), from the low intertidal zone to 20 meters in depth.
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