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Sculptured Slipper Lobster

Sculptured Slipper Lobster

The Sculptured Slipper Lobster (Parribacus antarcticus) is a very reclusive creature, living deep in the reef structure during the day, and only coming out into the open to forage for food at night. It doesn’t have any claws like the classic lobsters that we know in Europe or North America, instead relying on camouflage and a very tough exoskeleton for protection. If threatened by potential predators it has a very powerful tail which it flicks repeatedly, allowing it a rapid escape. When foraging for food, it likes nothing more than to feast on small molluscs and worms, as well as a bit of salad by way of algae from time to time. The sculptured slipper lobster is probably one of the most beautiful species of lobster found in the Caribbean, with elaborate frills around its carapace and what looks like perfect eye makeup. You go girl!

If you would like to see the original underwater photograph behind this design print then click here . It was taken on a sand patch near a coral reef in the waters around the island of Anguilla, British West Indies. Being as it rarely comes out during the day it was a special sight to see!

About Reef Creature Clothing

We specialise in coral reef inspired clothing. You can also find limited edition printed products featuring some of our most popular designs. We donate 5% of our profits to conservation projects that help protect reef creatures around the globe. Currently we are supporting the Anguilla National Trust, who do vital conservation work on the small island of Anguilla, British West Indies where the majority of our images were taken. To help you learn more about these fascinating reef creatures many of them will have featured posts over the coming months. Watch this space!

 

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