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A guy I work with was cleaning shrimp and found this. Any ideas of what it is? I think its a malard-pintail mix. I don't know where the shrimp was from.
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   wilford
looks like ya'll bought some imported shrimp from Asia. There are some freaky lookin' shrimp type critters over that way. Look for the authentic Louisiana label when buying shrimp.
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   BIGBEE
Its a mantis shrimp
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We used to cath a few of those in dulac. the tail should have a few different colors
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   The Rave
Used to buy and sell fish and shrimp for the last 25 years and have always heard them called "King Shrimp", although they do sort of look like a "Praying Mantis"
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   chbaker
That is one of the two species of mantis shrimp found in the gulf of mexico, Squila empusa to be exact. It is in the same order as the shrimp you normally see, just a differnt familly
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For sure it is a mantis shrimp.Bad azz little bugger.It has sharp ends to its claws and hard knobs on it's elbows.It has been known to shoot its claws out with the velocity os a 22 calibre bullet.Alot of aquarium owners that wish to own some of the larger species"clown mantis shrimp"must invest in an acrylic aquarium because a full grown mantis shrimp will break any glas aquarium on the market.Cool catch,I have never seen one caught in the waters around here.
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   pecka
The shrimp was bought at BRS seafood in St. John parish so I am 99% sure it is local shrimp.
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   Marshrat
I grew up shrimping the gulf and have always been told that is "sea lice". I have seen it attached, like a parasite, to several different fish species.

Warren
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   cajunj
It's a mantis shrimp found in the gulf of mexico and local waters, or we also called them "King Shrimp". When I went shrimping with my dad we would find these sometimes. I'm talking about 30-40 yrs. ago, the area was around Rabbit Island. But I'm sure you could find this in other ares as well.
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