Gonodactylus smithii Pocock, 1893
Gonodactylus smithii
photo by Chan, Tim-Yan

Family:  Gonodactylidae (gonodactylid mantis shrimps)
Max. size:  9 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 11 - 62 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Biology:  Minimum depth from Ref. 80410. Intertidal to subtidal (Ref. 106854). Inhabits sandy bays (Ref. 3533); shallow waters in sand flats, seagrass beds with coral rubble substrate (Ref. 80538) and also in reef flats or tidal flats under rock or boulders or inside rock crevices (Ref. 87055). Stomatopods are predators that require living prey (Ref. 833). Some members of the order Stomatopoda pair for life and some come together only to mate. Males produce sperm ducts rather than spermatophores; females can brood a maximum of 50,000 eggs. Life cycle: Eggs hatch to a planktonic zoea which lasts for 3 months (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 13.03.07
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 29.06.20

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