The book of the mimicry of the living


Clam-punching shrimp focus of new biomimicry research

The mantis shrimp,  Odontodactylus scyllarus, is a large predatory shrimp that smashes its prey to pieces. Camouflage isn’t really a strong point though.

credit Alexander Vasenin [cc]

This colorful crustacean uses its ‘dactyl club’ to break open clam shells. Probably because they don’t spot it coming. Seeing as the US army have become interested in recent biomimetic research on the material of clam shells for use as body armor, that’s a hell of a punch. Continue reading