This week’s feature is the winning image in the Microphotography category.
Alima larva of Japanese mantis shrimp (Oratosquilla oratorio).
Description: Mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda) are marine benthic crustaceans. They have large twin sickle-like appendages, which have a similar shape to praying mantis. “Alima” is a typical planktonic larva of mantis shrimps, and 11 stages within “alima” are known in Japanese mantis shrimp. Because this specimen is the last stage of “alima” before adult benthic life, large mantis-like sickles are distinguished.
Photographer: Shinji Shimode