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Feather Star Squat Lobster

Allogalathea elegans

Description:

The body of A. elegans is 1.5–2 inches (38–51 mm) long, egg-shaped and striped. It is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region, where it lives among the tentacles of crinoids. The colour of the animals varies to match the species of crinoid with which it is commensal. Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allogalathe...

Notes:

A well camouflaged and tiny squat lobster on a feather star. Spotted in Secret Bay during a dusk/night dive. Depth of about 4m


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19 Comments

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Ashley! :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Carol :-)

AshleyBradford
AshleyBradford 3 years ago

Very nice capture! I had to look hard to see the lobster. Great photos and sighting!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

I never knew this existed. Thank you! Your photos are unique and special. :)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Atul :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Salamat alice and nath. Pag nandito kayo let me know. Sama kayo. Going to Apo Reef this January :-)

Atul
Atul 3 years ago

fantastic and congrats pal!

alice and nath
alice and nath 3 years ago

Congrats! Sama mo naman ako sa diving trips mo. :)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Darwin26. Yup it was really hard. Didn't actually know what my dive master/spotter was showing me then until it moved. Guess we can play a spot the crab game here :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Boyette :-)

Darwin26
Darwin26 3 years ago

Hard to tell the crinoid from from the crab, the Wiki link helps....

Good Share,

BoyetteFeliciano
BoyetteFeliciano 3 years ago

Nice work!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Whoa. Thanks guys! :-)

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 3 years ago

Congrats! Very neat Eric!

Congratulations, Eric!!

peter
peter 3 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"Squat lobsters are actually crabs with long lobster-like arms. They are usually found among feather stars (crinoids), camouflaged by closely matching the color of their hosts."

http://facebook.com/projectnoah/posts/11...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/13...

Wow! so well mimetized!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 3 years ago

Thanks Karen :-)

KarenL
KarenL 3 years ago

Fantastic spot!

Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.69, Long: 120.90

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Nov 19, 2011

Spotted for mission

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