Arthropod Archives

Spotted Spiny Lobster
Stuart Wynne 21st June 2017 No Comments

The Spotted Spiny Lobster has to be one of my favourite lobster species (Panulirus guttatus) with its beautifully spotted body and very elusive nature. During the day it hides deep with reef recesses, only coming out at night …

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Yellowline Arrow Crab
Stuart Wynne 2nd May 2017 No Comments

The Yellowline Arrow Crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis) is one of the strangest crabs I have yet to encounter. Spider-like in appearance, these very relaxed and often friendly crustaceans live under small rocky overhangs and crevices, picking at little morsels …

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Stag Beetle
Stuart Wynne 19th April 2017 No Comments

The Stag Beetle has to be the most impressive of all European beatles, the male of which is pictured here with its impressive head gear. Finding this one guarding a rock in our garden in Galicia, Spain, was quite an …

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Banded Coral Shrimp
Stuart Wynne 1st January 2017 No Comments

A type of cleaner shrimp, this species is relatively common to see in the waters around Anguilla. A little shy, it will retreat into a recess if approached, but if you stick a finger out towards it and keep it …

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Sculptured Slipper Lobster
Stuart Wynne 28th November 2016 1 Comment

This is the only Sculptured Slipper Lobster that I have ever seen underwater as they are not particularly common and hide under protective recesses during the day, only coming out to forage at night. Known locally as a Sea Louse, …

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Atlantic Ghost Crab
Stuart Wynne 5th October 2016 No Comments

One of the coolest beach residents, these little guys live in burrows and come scurrying out when no-one around to forage on the beach for detritus and other tasty morsels. Unfortunately for the Atlantic Ghost Crab, they are also the …

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Blue Swimming Crab
Stuart Wynne 8th August 2016 No Comments

I love these guys. The Blue Swimming Crab, with their pointy-edged carapace and brave defiant stance when approached make them appear invincible. Such bold little creatures. Then, if you are brave yourself and poke them, they get all flustered and …

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