Split Fish Market Reveals Unusual Mantis Shrimp Never-Before-Seen in Adriatic

Daniela Rogulj

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Split Fish Market
Split Fish Market

“Yesterday, we had the opportunity to get acquainted with the type of mantis shrimp (Stomatopod). This species normally lives in the Atlantic and very rarely is seen in the Mediterranean. And here it is, for the first time in the Adriatic,” reads the Split Fish Market Facebook page, as reported by 24 Sata.

Little is known about this species, they say, and this discovery will certainly help detect it in the future. 

“The creature in question was caught in front of Rogoznica at some 80/100 meters depth with the MARETA 1 trawl. Since we assumed that it was rare, we contacted the Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, which immediately collected it and took it for additional analysis and research. After that, it will be placed in the Natural History Museum in Rijeka,” the Split Fish Market added.

Experts claim that it is Parasquilla ferussaci, a mantis shrimp from the Parasquillidae family. It was first discovered in 1928.

This rare species lives at depths of 100 to 800 meters and had not been recorded in the Adriatic so far.

Considering that it was discovered here for the first time, the creature does not yet have a Croatian name. The Split Fish Market asked their followers for help in coming up with a name for the new species.

“Our task today is to give it a Croatian name because it does not have one, since it has never been caught here… Let’s have a little imagination,” they concluded.

What do you think it should be called? Comment on the Split Fish Market Facebook post and see the unique answers so far! 

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