Hairy squat lobster

Hairy squat lobster

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hairy squat lobster (Lauriea siagiani) on a barrel sponge (Xestospongia sp.). Lobsters live in crevices in rocky sea beds and corals. They moult their outer body layer (cuticle) many times over several years before reaching maturity. Photographed off Mabul, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, barrel sponge, crustacean, hairy squat lobster, indo-pacific, invertebrate, invertebrates, lauriea siagiani, malaysia, malaysian, marine, nature, ocean, sea, spine, spines, spiny, tropical, underwater, wildlife, xestospongia, zoology

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