Slipper Lobster

Slipper Lobster
Scyllarides Latus

Slipper Lobster

Slipper lobsters, a group of crustaceans distinct from true lobsters, are intriguing inhabitants of the world’s oceans. Their unique appearance, characterized by a flat, slipper-like carapace, sets them apart from conventional lobsters.

Interesting Facts

Despite their name, slipper lobsters are not known for their swimming ability; instead, they use their strong tails for crawling along the ocean floor. These lobsters are often found in various vibrant colors and have a penchant for hiding in crevices or burrows during the day, becoming more active at night. Slipper lobsters are a sought-after delicacy in many cuisines, particularly in Asia, where they are featured in dishes like lobster sashimi. Their fascinating morphology and culinary appeal make slipper lobsters a captivating part of the marine ecosystem and seafood culture.

Where can you find me?

Slipper lobsters are typically found in warm tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They inhabit rocky reefs, caves, and crevices, often at depths ranging from 20 to 200 meters. These nocturnal crustaceans are known for their distinctive flattened appearance and spiny exoskeleton, seeking shelter during the day and emerging to hunt at night.

You can often spot Slipper Lobster hiding amongst the rocks at the Roman Wall during night dives!