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Rugose squat lobster (Munida rugosa)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A squat lobster up to 10 cm with abdomen extended. Abdomen usually held under the thorax. Orange to reddish brown in colour with darker transverse striations on the carapace and abdomen. The tips and spines on the claws are white.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

All British and Irish coasts.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Common in shallow water where it lives on rock ledges, excavations in sand under boulders and on rock ledges (Sue Scott, pers. comm.). Also found in deeper water (50- 150 m) on sandy or soft substrata.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Antennae not quite as long as the pincer bearing legs.
  • Pincers are very long and thin with numerous spines.
  • Numerous uninterrupted dark transverse stripes on the orange / brown carapace.
  • No spines on fourth abdominal segment.
  • Fifth pair of walking legs long and thin, usually held underneath the margins of the carapace.

Additional information

Also known as plated lobster and squat lobster.

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Bibliography

  1. Campbell, A., 1994. Seashores and shallow seas of Britain and Europe. London: Hamlyn.

  2. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  3. Ingle, R., 1997. Crayfishes, lobsters and crabs of Europe. An illustrated guide to common and traded species. London: Chapman and Hall.

  4. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Jackson, A. 2008. Munida rugosa Rugose squat lobster. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1280

Last Updated: 24/04/2008