Fish Identification

Pistol shrimp

Posted in aquarium fish, odd sea creature, reef fish by fishidentification on October 5, 2009

Pistol shrimp also known as snapping shrimp have a asymmetrical claw capable of stunning their prey or warding off attackers. The family is very diverse and pistol shrimp are found worldwide. This pistol shrimp was found in a small piece of drift submerged in the Banana River, Florida. In Florida many red and black drum feast on snapping shrimp roaming the flats.

Snapping shrimp

Snapping shrimp

The shrimp snaps a specialized claw shut to create a cavitation bubble that generates acoustic pressure. The pressure is strong enough to kill small fish and shatter glass!

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