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Hunt for a Mantis Shrimp - Pariliacantha georgeorum

The first recorded Pariliacantha georgeorum for NW from Long Bay and was ID by @wmblom who says

A quick field id for live specimens are the lateral 'eyespots' near the tail, and on the tail itself the 2 black bars separated by white/yellow line.

This species is fairly common in the North Island on exposed or semi-exposed clean sand to fine muddy-sand beaches, but in the past was mistaken for several other species of mantis shrimp. Shane Ahyong recognised this as a separate species in 2012 (See ' Ahyong (2012) The Marine Fauna of New Zealand: Mantis Shrimps (Crustacea: Stomatopoda) pp.72-77.)

Observation here

Posted on December 04, 2017 09:35 PM by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Here are some rarely seen sea creatures so next time you are at the beach, keep an eye out for them and add them here - they may not be as uncommon as our NW records show.

MUST HAVE RULES
Initially no more than 5 NZ obs OR
No more than 2 locations
No fresh water obs - salt water creatures only

NICE TO HAVE
Tidal zone and Habitat
(ie: in a rock pool, mid ...more ↓

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