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 videos of a spearing mantis shrimp (Alachosquilla vicina)
High speed images show Alachosquilla vicina striking at the tip of the pipette with both appendages. The strike proceeds similarly to L. maculata's strike, but the propodus slide that precedes the outward swing of the propodus is more pronounced in this species. This sequence was recorded at 10,000 frames s-1 and played at 30 frames s-1.