Spiny lobster sound production

Spiny lobster sound production

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Credit: SALLY BENSUSEN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spiny lobster sound production. Artwork of how the spiny lobster (family Palinuridae) produces sound. A plectrum at the base (coloured) of each antenna can be rubbed over a ridge (the file) underneath the eyes. This is shown with the green arrows and results in a rasping sound, produced the same way that a bow is used to play a violin. It is thought that the sound is used to scare away predators while the lobster is moulting and defenceless.

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