seen? Large lobsters are sometimes encountered in Singapore!
In deeper water at reefs, underwater rocky areas, even artificial
sea walls and jetties. Sadly, often also entangled in abandoned driftnets.
Elsewhere it is found in shallow, sometimes slightly murky coastal
waters, from 1-8m, in sandy and muddy, sometimes on rocky bottoms,
often near the mouth of rivers, but also on coral reefs.
Features: 25-35cm long, up to
50cm long. Long abdomen with broad tail, large pincers, one larger
than the other. Two
pairs of very long thick antennae. Wide range of colours.
Lobster lifestyle: It is solitary,
may live in pairs and has been found in larger concentrations.
Human uses: It is harvested everywhere,
but on a small scale.
are sometimes seen on the
intertidal, sadly, usually in driftnets.
St John's Island, May 06
lobster released from a driftnet.
rock lobsters on Singapore shores
|Other sightings on Singapore shores
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his
Trapped in a net, Lazarus, Jan 22
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook.
- Lim, S.,
P. Ng, L. Tan, & W. Y. Chin, 1994. Rhythm of the Sea: The Life
and Times of Labrador Beach. Division of Biology, School of
Science, Nanyang Technological University & Department of Zoology,
the National University of Singapore. 160 pp.
- Jones Diana
S. and Gary J. Morgan, 2002. A Field Guide to Crustaceans of
Australian Waters. Reed New Holland. 224 pp.
Helmut, 2001. Crustacea
Guide of the World: Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean
IKAN-Unterwasserachiv, Frankfurt. 321 pp.