General Description

Front leg with claw (cheliped) is longer than the body. Triangular point between the eyes (rostrum) with 3 or 4 pointed spikes (teeth) along each side. Body pink-red or brown with rough ridges across the carapace. Eyes red. Up to 2 cm long (carapace).


Australian Squat Lobsters are active animals that shelter in crevices in rough sediments. They can swim away from the bottom, and in New Zealand related species do so in such huge numbers that they form a "red tide".


Southern Australia.


Continental shelf areas, occasionally in intertidal areas.

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