Also known as Blunt-headed Slipper Lobster, Marine Lobster, Scaly Slipper Lobster, Sea Crawfish, Shovel-nosed Lobster.
Found singly or in small pods, hiding in crevices and under rocks during the day, foraging for food at night, over coral, rubble, sand, and stone bottoms, of reefs.
They feed nocturnally on hard shell crustaceans, molluscs, sea urchins, and worms.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 20-80m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific
Lobsters live in caves and crevices during the day, often several together, coming out at night to feed.
Sometimes caught in the torches of divers where they scuttle off back into the dark.
They do not have true claws, the soft and flexible tail is used for swimming rapidly backwards, for short distances to get away from danger.
Spiny lobsters are caught in baited lobster pots for gourmet dining. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scyllarides_squammosus