pistol shrimp

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The snapping claw is reminiscent of a pistol.

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pistol shrimp (plural pistol shrimps)

  1. An alpheid shrimp which has asymmetrical claws, the larger of which can be used to produce a loud snapping sound and shockwave that can stun or kill its prey.

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