Malacostraca | Stomatopoda
Environment / Climate / Range
Demersal; depth range 0 - 30 m (Ref. 436). Tropical
Off West Africa, from the Cape Verde Islands; Senegal to Angola.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 27.0 cm BL male/unsexed; (Ref. 417); common length : 20.0 cm BL male/unsexed; (Ref. 436)
A moderately large to very large stomatopod. Body conspicuously flattened, smooth, lacking ridges or spines except for the tail region; 6th abdominal segment and telson; which is prickly with small bumps or tubercles. Telson with a raised, elongate boss medially, but without a median ridge. Rostral plate broader than long, with a low median crest on its anterior third. Claws very large, often longer than carapace and armed with 10 to 12 sharp spines on the terminal segment. Color: marked with light and dark cross bands (Ref. 436).
Found in shallow water (Ref. 436). 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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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.
Schneider, W. 1990. (Ref. 417)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Low vulnerability (17 of 100)