Lobsters are found all over the world. Lobsters have 10 legs with the front ones adapted to claws. Lobsters are economically important as seafood, forming the basis of a global industry that nets US$ 1.8 billion in trade annually.
This peculiar lobster is a mud lobster from Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea. It lives in burrows at up to 190 m depth and will make use of burrows dug by other animals. It will reconstruct its burrow after disturbance by storms or trawling. Upogebia deltura grows up to 100 mm or 4 in long, and is a dirty yellow color, tinged with green, white or red.
Furry lobsters or sometimes called Coral Lobsters are small crustaceans whose body is covered in short hairs, hence the name Furry Lobster. The lobster on the above picture is a Blind Furry Lobster.
Slipper lobsters are clawless crustaceans found in all warm oceans and seas. Despite their name, they are not true lobsters, but are more closely related to spiny lobsters and furry lobsters. Slipper lobsters are instantly recognizable by their enlarged antennae, which project forward from the head as wide plates.
This is a kind of slipper lobster.
This colorful slipper lobster is commonly called Regal Slipper Lobster.
This type of slipper lobster can be found in the waters of Japan.
The Scyllarides squamosus is a type of slipper lobster.
The Balmain Bug is a type of slipper lobster found at depths of 20-500 m off the coast of Australia. It is named after Balmain, New South Wales, and is commonly sold in fish markets in the Sydney area.
A weird-looking lobster photographed in Tokyo Sea Life Park in Japan.
One rare kind of lobster is the Blue Lobster, around one in two million lobsters is blue. It was discovered that a genetic defect causes a blue lobster to produce an excessive amount of protein. The protein and a red carotenoid molecule known as astaxanthin, combine to form a blue complex known as crustacyanin, giving the lobster its blue color.
Another very rare type of lobster is the Yellow Lobster. A kind of yellow lobster was caught in 2006 at the mouth of the Kennebec River. The estimated chance of finding a yellow lobster is approximately 1 in 30 million.
One of the weirdest and rarest kinds of lobster is the Half-and-Half Lobster. It was so named because it looks like the half is cooked and the other half is raw. It was caught in 2006 by a Maine Fisherman. Only 3 lobster of this kind had seen in the last 35 years. The chance of finding one is estimated at 1 in 50 million. Lobster shells are usually a blend of the three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. The colors mix to form the greenish-brown color of most lobsters. All split-colored lobsters observed have been hermaphroditic.
This distinct and the rarest kind of lobster is estimated that only about one in 100 million lobsters are albino - lacking in colored pigments. It is also commonly known as "white" or "crystal" lobsters.
Phantom of the Lobster
This lobster that looks like wearing a mask is considered an albino species and is colloquially called
"Phantom of the Lobster".
Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. It is approximately 15 cm or 6 inches long and is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae (resembling fur) covering its thoracic legs and claws. Its discoverers dubbed it the "Yeti Lobster. It was found at a depth of 2,200 m (7,200 feet), living on hydrothermal vents along the Pacific Antarctic Ridge. The animal has strongly reduced eyes that lack pigment and is thought to be blind.
Although it is often referred to as the "furry lobster", Kiwa hirsuta is not a true lobster but is more closely related to squat lobsters and hermit crabs.
Squat lobsters are not lobsters at all, but are more closely related to porcelain crabs and hermit crabs. They are distributed worldwide in the oceans, and occur from near the surface to deep sea hydrothermal vents. There are currently 870 described species.
The body of a squat lobster is usually flattened, the abdomen is typically folded under itself, and the first pereiopods or front legs are greatly elongated and armed with long chelae or claws. The fifth pair of pereiopods is usually hidden within the gill chamber, under the carapace, giving squat lobsters the appearance of having only eight pereiopods.
This unusual Hairy Squat Lobsters is photographed in Solomon Islands in the Pacific.
The Black Squat Lobster, also commonly known as Montagu's Plated Lobster, lives in the north-east Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. It is chiefly nocturnal and catches passing prey, such as small fish, with its claws.
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