Mantis shrimp is an umbrella term for hundreds carnivorous marine crustaceans species of the order Stomatopoda. In Vietnam, mantis shrimps are abundant along Vietnam’s coast, known in Vietnamese as bề bề (Northern dialect) or tôm tít (Southern dialect). Several mantis shrimp species include:
- Miyakaea nepa
- Oratosquilla gravieri
- Oratosquilla oratoria
- Harpiosquilla annandalei
- Harpiosquilla harpax
Harvesting and farming
Most mantis shrimps are caught along the coast. The prices of mantis shrimps vary on the sizes. Huge-sized mantis shrimps are very expensive, just after lobsters.
Mantis shrimps can be peeled to make packaged food, and live mantis shrimps may go to seafood restaurants.
There are also few farmers who start mantis shrimp aquaculture in Cà Mau province.
The shrimp can be steamed, boiled, grilled, or dried, used with pepper, salt and lime, fish sauce and tamarind, or fennel.