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Aggressive little marine predators, mantis shrimps possess a mushroom body that appears identical to the one found in insects.

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Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach

By The Scientist Staff | October 2, 2017

In the mantis shrimp brain, scientists uncover mushroom bodies—learning and memory structures typically found in the brains of insects. 

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Image of the Day: Sonic Snapper

By The Scientist Staff | April 12, 2017

By rapidly snapping its large claw shut, the newly discovered pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, can create enough sonic energy to stun—even kill—small fish.

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Parasites Can Increase Cannibalism

By Jenny Rood | March 20, 2015

A microscopic invader ramps up the tendency of adult Irish river shrimp to eat their young.

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Panic of the Disco Clam

By Jenny Rood | January 6, 2015

The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.

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Shrimp Sight

By Jef Akst | January 24, 2014

Although mantis shrimp eyes have twelve different photoreceptors, the crustaceans have a hard time distinguishing colors, according to a new study.

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The Falsity of Living Fossils

By Ed Yong | April 2, 2013

New studies of tadpole shrimp and other organisms show that the term “living fossil” is inaccurate and misleading.

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