Mud Spiny Lobster (Panulirus polyphagus)

Also known as Banded Spiny Lobster, Long-whiskered Rock Lobster, Mud Rock Lobster, Mud Spiny Crawfish, Rock Lobster, Slipper Lobster

Description

Also known as Banded Spiny Lobster, Long-whiskered Rock Lobster, Mud Rock Lobster, Mud Spiny Crawfish, Rock Lobster, Slipper Lobster.

Found singly or in small squads during the day hiding in recesses of the reef dispersing at night to feed over shallow muddy bottoms and seagrass beds around mouths of rivers and rocky reefs.
They feed nocturnally on crustaceans, fish and invertebrates.
Length - 40cm
Depth - 0-90m
Widespread Indo-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/Panulirus_polyphagus

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