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In Spain, I had this crustacean on my plate in a fidea dish. It was about 1.5 cm wide, around 10 cm long and did not really contain any meat worth eating. I’m wondering what this crustacean is called.

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It's called a mantis shrimp ("galeras" in Spain). They are edible and popular in Spain and Southern China. However, as you observed, they are somewhat difficult and unrewarding to eat.

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  • galeras are mostly used for broth, and usually crushed and strained away, they are very rarely served in the dish as in the picture.
    – PA.
    Nov 23, 2022 at 20:35
  • I've had them served to me a couple times (I know not to order them now). Using them for broth seems like a much better idea.
    – FuzzyChef
    Nov 24, 2022 at 1:38

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