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[captive] Larval Prawn, (Plesiopenaeus armatus, synonym: Cerataspis monstrosus), penaeid shrimp. The larvae Cerataspis monstrosa has heavy armor, a thick body and exceptional horn ornamentation. Described as “monstrous and misshapen animal,” it is the preferred meal for its predators such as skipjack, yellowfin and blackfin tuna and dolphin. The origin of Cerataspis monstrosa has been a mystery for more than 180 years. For nearly two centuries, researchers have tried to track down this larva that has shown up in the guts of other fish over time but found no adult counterpart. 2012 it is discovered that the “monster larva” and the deep-water aristeid shrimp known as Plesiopenaeus armatus are one in the same: larvae and adult forms of the same species. Atlantic Ocean close to Cape Verde | Die Larve Cerataspis monstrosa besitzt eine schwere Panzerung, einen dicken Körper und außergewöhnlichen Hornschmuck. Sie ist die bevorzugte Nahrung seiner Jäger wie Echten Bonitos, Gelbflossen-, Schwarzflossenthunfischen und Delfinen.

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[captive] Larval Prawn, (Plesiopenaeus armatus, synonym: Cerataspis monstrosus), penaeid shrimp. The larvae Cerataspis monstrosa has heavy armor, a thick body and exceptional horn ornamentation. Described as “monstrous and misshapen animal,” it is the preferred meal for its predators such as skipjack, yellowfin and blackfin tuna and dolphin. The origin of Cerataspis monstrosa has been a mystery for more than 180 years. For nearly two centuries, researchers have tried to track down this larva that has shown up in the guts of other fish over time but found no adult counterpart. 2012 it is discovered that the “monster larva” and the deep-water aristeid shrimp known as Plesiopenaeus armatus are one in the same: larvae and adult forms of the same species. Atlantic Ocean close to Cape Verde | Die Larve Cerataspis monstrosa besitzt eine schwere Panzerung, einen dicken Körper und außergewöhnlichen Hornschmuck. Sie ist die bevorzugte Nahrung seiner Jäger wie Echten Bonitos, Gelbflossen-, Schwarzflossenthunfischen und Delfinen.