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).
Prey capture behavior of Alachosquilla vicina
Laboratory prey-capture behavior of one A. vicina individual recorded and played back in real time (30 frames s-1). Initially, a pipette releases brine shrimp into the water column above the individual's burrow, which is positioned in the lower middle of the screen. The individual then strikes at the brine shrimp while remaining mostly hidden in the burrow.