Caribbean spiny lobster

Phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Crustacea (lobsters, shrimps, crabs, barnacles, mantis shrimp, horseshoe crab, hermit crabs)
Panulirus argus
0 to 100+ ft
Unlike the "restaurant lobsters" most people are familiar with, the Caribbean spiny lobster is delicate in its appearance. It lacks the heavy "claws" of northern lobsters, having small pincers on its foremost legs. A pair of extremely long antennae often protrude from the lobster's den. Sharp horn-like spines are present above the eyes. The shell is brown to tan with dark spots. The Caribbean spiny lobster is common throughout the Caribbean, including the Cayman Islands. It can be abundant in areas, particularly where it has not been hunted. It lives on coral reefs, hiding in holes and under ledges by day. At night it is frequently seen walking along the bottom in search of food.

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