Gonodactylaceus falcatus (Philippine Mantis Shrimp) is a species of mantis shrimps in the family gonodactylid mantis shrimps. They are native to Northern New Zealand, Western Coral Triangle, Sahul Shelf, Java Transitional, Eastern Coral Triangle, Sunda Shelf, Northeast Australian Shelf, South Kuroshio, Somali Exclusive Economic Zone, Bay Of Bengal, Northwest Australian Shelf, West Central Australian Shelf, South China Sea, Marshall Islands, Warm Temperate Northwest Pacific, Indian Ocean, Tropical Southwestern Pacific, Gulf Of Aden, East Central Australian Shelf, Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, Andaman, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, and Tropical Northwestern Pacific. They rely on drag powered swimming to move around.

  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/drag_based_swimming
  • Definition: Drag swimmers use a cyclic motion where they push water back in a power stroke, and return their limb forward in the return or recovery stroke. When they push water directly backwards, this moves their body forward, but as they return their limbs to the starting position, they push water forward, which will thus pull them back to some degree, and so opposes the direction that the body is heading. This opposing force is called drag. The return-stroke drag causes drag swimmers to employ different strategies than lift swimmers. Reducing drag on the return stroke is essential for optimizing efficiency.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Philippine mantis shrimp. View this species on GBIF