Mantis shrimps are crustaceans that resemble true shrimps and lobsters, each bearing a long tail and a short head with two large, moveable eyes. The namesake of this group of organisms results from the two retractable, spinous claws that are used to catch prey. The scaly-tailed mantis shrimp, Lysiosquilla scabricauda, is named for the series of tubercles and spines present on its telson, or tail (Voss 1976). Dark pigmented bands cross the body at intervals over a cream background color. The characteristic mantis-like appendages bear a row of 8-11 sharp spines on the claw (Voss 1976; Perry & Larsen 2004).