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The common name ‘Ornate Spiny Lobster’ is derived from the brightly coloured spiny carapace. Colouration varies between individuals with green, blue and red being common. The tail is segmented with black sections forming a banded look. Legs are dark and have white spots and bands. Antennae are long and have distinct rings.
Length: Up to 50 cm
Shallow coastal sandy or muddy areas with scattered rock, also on coral reefs; 5-25 m depth
In New South Wales, log if spotted south of Bate Bay
In Western Australia, log if spotted on south coast
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.