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Spanish slipper lobster
Scyllarides aequinoctialis
(Lund, 1793)

The animal has a broadly oval shape, because the antennae are flattened into plates and the legs are short compared with real lobsters. No tooth-like spines at the edges of the antennae. Body and appendages are yellowish to reddish with brown splotches. Main feature is a horseshoe shaped black spot just behind the carapace on the first tail segment. It is flanked by two more black spots. The center of this horseshoe shaped spot may be bright yellow. When the carapace is covering part of the spot, it may look like two separate spots.
Maximum total body length over 30 cm; carapace length up to about 12 cm.

Depth range from 0.6 to 180 m, usually between 0.6 and 64 m; on a substrate of sand or rocks, often on the outer reefs. The animals are sluggish and nocturnal and feed on (dead) animals, detritus, etc. They bury themselves in the sand.

All throughout the Caribbean.


Spanish slipper lobster (Scyllarides aequinoctialis)