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Caribbean spiny lobster

Panulirus argus

(Latreille, 1804)

Caribbean spiny lobster

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Summary

Saltwater. Spiny Lobsters. Inhabit shallow waters, occasionally down to 90 m depth, perhaps even deeper. Found among rocks, on reefs, in eelgrass beds or in any habitat that provides protection.

To be confused with

- Spotted Spiny Lobster Panulirus guttatus

Characteristics

Size: 30 cm, max 60 cm.
Colour: The colour of the carapace is brownish blue to purplish mahogany, with some lighter areas. On the tail are several lighter bands and spots.
Shape: Very long, thick antennae.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabit coral reefs. Inhabits shallow waters. Found among rocks, on reefs, in eelgrass beds or in any habitat that provides protection.The species is gregarious and migratory.

Distribution range

Bonaire. BES-eilanden.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, march 2014]

Literature

- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.


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