Flathead Lobster (Thenus orientalis)

Also known as Bay Lobster, Bug, Bug Lobster, Common Flapjack Lobster, Flathead Locust Lobster, Gulf Lobster, Moreton Bay Bug, Mud Lobster, Mug Bug Lobster, Northern Bay Lobster, Rock Lobster, Sand Bug Lobster, Sand Crayfish, Sand Lobster, Shovel-nosed Lobster

Description

Also known as Bay Lobster, Bug, Bug Lobster, Common Flapjack Lobster, Flathead Locust Lobster, Gulf Lobster, Moreton Bay Bug, Mud Lobster, Mug Bug Lobster, Northern Bay Lobster, Rock Lobster, Sand Bug Lobster, Sand Crayfish, Sand Lobster, Shovel-nosed Lobster.

Found singly or in small pods on gravel, mud, sand over shell bottoms of reefs.
They feed on bivalves, crabs, octopus and worms.
Length - 25cm
Depth - 5-100m
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/Thenus

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