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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda
Photo index of prawns and lobsters on Singapore shores
Large prawns and lobsters > 3cm

Blue-tailed
penaeid prawn

Family Penaeidae

Banded
penaeid prawn

Family Penaeidae

Speckled
penaeid prawn

Family Penaeidae

Slender
penaeid prawn

Family Penaeidae
 
5-8cm. Body beige with spots on the sides and blue marks on the tip of the tail. Sandy, silty, seagrass areas. Sometimes seen on some of our shores. 5-8cm. Distinct banding on the body with red appendages. Sandy, silty, seagrass areas. Commonly seen on many of our shores. 5-8cm. Body speckled with small spots and faint banding. Sandy areas near reefs. Sometimes seen on some of our shores. 5-8cm. Slender body usually plain sometimes with faint banding. Sandy areas. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.  

Spearer
mantis shrimp

Harpiosquilla sp.
Order Stomatopoda

Smasher
mantis shrimp

Gonodactylus chiragra
Order Stomatopoda

Banded
mantis shrimp

Lysiosquilla sp.
Order Stomatopoda
 

Saron shrimp
Family Hippolytidae
6-10cm. Body long, broad, plain with faint dark bars and lines. Broad tail. Large pincers with spines. Among seagrasses. Commonly seen on some of our Northern shores. 5-7cm. Body long, cylindrical, plain green with narrow tail. Large pincers modified into clubs. Near reefs and among seagrasses. Sometimes seen on our Southern shores. 5-7cm. Body long, cylindrical, with broad dark bands. Large pincers with spines. Rarely seen.   4-5cm. Fat, short with a humped back. Sometimes 'hairy' front limbs. On coral and rubble near reefs. Sometimes seen on some of our shores.

Mud shrimp
Glypturus sp.

Coral ghost shrimp
Glypturus sp.

Mud lobster
Thalassina anomala

Ornate rock lobster
Panulirus ornatus
 
4-6cm. Pale, white or yellowish. Pincers usually of equal size. Mangroves, seagrass meadows. Sometimes seen on our Northern shores. 4-6cm. Large bright orange pincers, one usually bigger than the other. Entire animal rarely seen. Lives in smooth sided burrows about 2cm wide. Coral rubble. Burrows commonly seen on many of our Southern shores. Up to 30cm. Rarely seen above ground but their huge mud mounds (up to 2m high) are commonly seen in our back mangroves. 25-30cm, up to 50cm. With two pairs of very long thick antennae. May be colourful. Reefs, rocky areas in deep water, artificial seawalls and jettys.  
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