I got 27 new stomatopods delivered on Tuesday! It’s so exciting when I get the email from the front office telling me I have a package. I quickly rush them to The Pod (yes, I that is what I call the lab) and check that they are all alive. Then I slowly acclimate them to lab conditions throughout the rest of the day. These photos are of the stomatopods still in the bags they arrive in, slowly acclimating to temperature and water conditions.
This photo of a sandy coloured female is one of my favourites. You can just see the purple meral spot poking out. The photo really shows that this colourful patch is pretty well hidden most of the time. But it does get shown to competitors (or sometimes me!) during threat displays. It seems that the colour of the spot is used as a signal during these fights (but more on that in another blog post!).