snapping shrimp

any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
Also called pistol shrimp.

1940–45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Temporal, geographic, and density variations in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp.
Many species of snapping shrimp--so named for their outsize fighting claw--are known.
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