The Small European Locust Lobster (Scyllarus arctus) is a marine (saltwater) crustacean in the Scyllarus family of lobsters. It is also called the Slipper Lobster, the Lesser Slipper Lobster, and the Broad Lobster. Crustaceans include crabs, crayfish, and shrimps.
The Small European Locust Lobster is a decapod with ten legs, including a pair of claws. It has a reddish-brown exo-skeleton. Its abdomen has six segments, ending with a flattened, fan-shaped tail called a telson. It has a dark-brown spot in the centre of each abdominal segment. It also has dark-blue rings around each segment. It has eye-stalks. It has gills to enable it to breathe oxygen from the sea water.
It grows to about 16 centimetres (6 inches) in length.
It is found in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It prefers muddy or rocky sea beds.
It is diurnal, active during the day. It eats plankton and small aquatic animals.
The female Small European Locust Lobster carries her eggs for up to 12 months, attached to her pleopods, which are also called swimmerettes or swimming legs.
It lives up to 5 years.
Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM