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Old 07/09/2018, 10:57 AM   #1
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Attractive Stomatopod

To my mind Neogonodactylus curacaoensis is one of the most attractive stomatopods. The overall body color can be green or brown but species specific color markings do not very. The raptorial dactyls are deep blue and the rostrum and base of the eyes are bright orange.

This species is found throughout the Caribbean usually occurring below 3 m. Maximum total length is about 7 cm. N. curacaoensis prefers living in cavities in live coral. Individuals will often maintain two or more cavities within a meter or two of one another. Individuals of this species are not particularly shy and often move about in the open.

N. curacaoensis are occasionally available from collectors in the Florida Keys.

Roy


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