A unique form of locomotion in a stomatopod—backward somersaulting

@article{Caldwell1979AUF,
  title={A unique form of locomotion in a stomatopod—backward somersaulting},
  author={Roy L. Caldwell},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1979},
  volume={282},
  pages={71-73}
}
Of the diversity of forms of locomotion evolved by life on Earth, one that seems not to have developed to any great extent is rolling or somersaulting. Many cultures claim the existence of ‘hoop snakes’ that grasp their tails in their mouths and roll downhill, but no known snake can perform this feat1. Furthermore, although at least one spider (Hamilton, personal communication) when disturbed forms its body and legs into a sphere and rolls down sand dunes, I have been unable to find examples of… 

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The stomatopod fauna of the western Atlantic is far richer in number of species than previously believed, and studies on the systematics of the group on a world-wide basis are considered, with present emphasis on American species.