Beautiful beastie: Mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimps, or stomatopods, are among the most important predators in many shallow marine habitats. These typically solitary sea creatures spend most of their time hiding in rock formations or passageways in the sea bed. They rarely exit their homes except to feed and relocate, and can be diurnal or nocturnal, depending on the species. Unlike…

Scorpionfish of Indonesia

The Scorpaeniformes are a diverse order of ray-finned fish. It is one of the five largest orders of bony fishes by number of species with over 1,320. Scorpaeniform fishes are carnivorous, mostly feeding on crustaceans and on smaller fish. Most species live on the sea bottom in relatively shallow waters, although species are known from deep water, from the midwater,…