Also known as French Lobster, Lady Crab, Locust Lobster, Long-tailed Crab, Mother Lobster, Scyllarid Lobster, Sea Crawfish, Sea Crayfish, Shovel-nosed Lobster, Spanish Slipper Lobster, Stump, Turtle Lobster.
Found singly or in small squads on sandy bottoms, often found buried in the sand over outer reefs.
They feed nocturnally on bivalves and detritus.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-180m
Widespread Western Atlantic
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_aequinoctialis