|Researched by||Dr Harvey Tyler-Walters||Refereed by||Admin|
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Galathea intermedia is the smallest of the eight squat lobster species in the UK with a maximum total length of up to 2 cm and a carapace length up to 8.5 mm. It is normally a uniform salmon-pink in colour but it can be yellowish or reddish brown, sometimes with 'neon' blue spots near the head. The basal joint of the first antenna bears two large spines instead of the usual three. The rostrum at the front of the carapace is narrow with four spines on either side. The front walking legs are as long and the body (carapace) and bear claws of similar size.
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Last Updated: 01/12/2010