The extravagantly-colored peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). He's only 6 inches long, but pound for pound, he packs the biggest punch in the natural world. The peacock mantis shrimp is armed with the most sophisticated vision of any predator on Earth and the fastest strike.

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  • See how the peacock mantis shrimp can pack a mean punch in this clip from The Secret Life of Predators on the National Geographic Channel.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    claw Noun

    sharp, curved nail on the foot of some animals, used for protection, predation, climbing, or grooming.

    predator Noun

    animal that hunts other animals for food.

    prey Noun

    animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.