Found in mahi stomach

 Caught a Mahi off Ningaloo recently. They were hanging along a tideline not far out. Stomach contents consisted almost entirely of these little crustaceans, plus one small  fish . shot of one one knifeblade added for scale.

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Have I stumped everybody?

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:03

 ?

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You have

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:19

You have, have done a bit of searching and cant find anything like it.

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 Up comes my lunch.

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:22

 Up comes my lunch.

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 Maybe larval stage Ghost

Tue, 2015-07-28 03:15

 Maybe larval stage Ghost crab or mantis shrimp type?

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Where's our expert from the WA Museum?

Tue, 2015-07-28 07:06

 He has been most helpful in the past. I'm agreeing  with the suggestion they may be a larval stage of some larger crustacean? Eyes at one end, pointy spines at the other. Either they are very tasty or the mahi were very hungry. Well, hungry enough to hit a lumo green pakula cockroach.

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Bugs

Tue, 2015-07-28 07:38

Small bugs that cling to floating clumps of weed that the dolphin fish like to swim under.

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I was hoping

Tue, 2015-07-28 18:02

 for something more specific than "bugs"

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Glenn

Thu, 2015-07-30 01:08

Well worth sending an email to Glenn Moore at the WA Museum, very helpful guy

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have

Thu, 2015-07-30 07:02

I have sent to Glenn, just awaiting a reply.

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Out of my depth!

Thu, 2015-07-30 13:13

Fish, I can do.  Mushy crustaceans, not so well :-)

I asked our Crustacean expert and he thought that, based on the carapace shape, they may be stomatopod larvae.  As adults, stomatopods are known as mantis shrimps.

Hope that is satisfactory.

 

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Thanks Glenn

Fri, 2015-07-31 11:16

 I realise that the pics are not very good, thanks for the clarification. Looks like Axey was the closest .