Arthropod acoustic communication is a primary focus at the Patek Lab. Here you can find our acoustically oriented research projects along with sounds and video of spiny lobsters (Palinuridae) and mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda).
High speed video of a mantis shrimp striking a snail shell
A peacock mantis shrimp (Crustacea: Stomatopoda: Odontodactylidae: Odontodactylus scyllarus) strikes a snail shell at astonishing speeds. This video was filmed at 5000 frames per second and is played here at approximately 15 frames per second. Because of the extreme speeds of the strike, a cavitation bubble forms at the interface of the animal's appendage and the snail shell.