Spiny Blue Lobster (Panulirus versicolor)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Tropical Oceans
Size: 40 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Small fish, crustaceans, snails, sea urchins
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Spiny Blue Lobster is found on rocky and coral rich reefs. It is nocturnal and hides by day. It emerges at night to scavenge for food. The Spiny Blue Lobster has two spiny rostra over its eyes that give it its name. It can make a sound that is reported to be similar to the summer insect known as the cicada. This species is reported to be found in groups. It is a commercially important species.
Husbandry: The Spiny Blue Lobster will feed on small ornamental crustaceans and snails, as well as small fish. When it reaches full size, it can capture much larger fish. Any fish that sleeps in cracks and recesses is at risk when housed with this crustacean. It is otherwise a good scavenger and will not eat corals but may move corals or rock around as it forages at night. Despite being gregarious on the reef, it is likely best housed singly in a live rock tank.
AKA: Painted Rock Lobster, Blue Lobster
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