Oratosquilla oratoria

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Oratosquilla oratoria
Oratosquilla oratoria, back.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Stomatopoda
Family: Squillidae
Genus: Oratosquilla
Species: O. oratoria
Binomial name
Oratosquilla oratoria
(De Haan, 1844)
Synonyms [1]
  • Squilla oratoria De Haan, 1844

Oratosquilla oratoria is a species of mantis shrimp found in the Western Pacific.[2] It is widely harvested in Japan where it is known as shako (シャコ, 蝦蛄?) and eaten as sushi. Like other members of its order it has a powerful spear, which it uses to hunt invertebrates and small fish. It grows to a length of 185 millimetres (7.3 in), and lives at depths of 10–100 metres (33–328 ft).[2]