Unidentified Squat Lobster (II) from Jervis Bay
Posted 25 April 2005 - 09:11 PM
This squat lobster colony was found at around 27m on a . There were more than a dozen individuals on the sponge, although I haven't found another colony. One individual is carrying eggs and has different markings, perhaps these photos show male and female of the same species??
They are a bit larger than the other species posted, closer to 20mm.
Can anyone help identify these?
Posted 26 April 2005 - 06:26 PM
Posted 26 April 2005 - 09:11 PM
I'm keen to find out if it is known, so please pass on to anyone who might shed some light.
I dunno about the tourism ... people have been diving with them for years and not shown much interest
Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:01 PM
there is a new (very expensive) book by Gary Poore, just published by CSIRO
there are around 30 colour plates, but only 4 galatheids are illustrated
none of your species corresponds to Galathea australiensis though (which is much duller)
but both are probably Galathea (s. lat.) sp. (there a number of other genera in S and SE Australia, but most include deepwater species
Poore's key to Galathea contains only 4 species, two may be eliminated (although one called G. magnifica appears to be verry close to the colourful one)
any chance to collect a few specimens of each species ?
Posted 27 April 2005 - 02:55 PM
I'm confused by Galathea australiensis ... Gary Poole's pic on the Museum of Victoria website seems to show a much different animal to the on the Australian Museum website (says it grows to 11cm - more than 5x size of the species in this post).
So it looks like these guys might be a mystery for a while longer
Posted 02 May 2005 - 04:30 PM
Posted 03 May 2005 - 05:38 PM
I've found a couple of them in Nelson Bay that are still waiting to be identified, anyone out there got any idea what this little fella is? About 1cm long.