The Mediterranean slipper lobster is a very large-looking crustacean that can grow up to 50 centimetres long and weigh up to one kilogram! It shell is a browny colour allowing it to melt into its background. Only the base of its purple coloured antennae give it away. It lives in rocky scree, caves and crevices at the surface of the sea and down as far as 100 meters deep.
Did you know?
The Mediterranean slipper lobster can sometimes carry small algae or invertebrates on its shell, which improves its camouflage even further!
Appreciated for its meat, it has been subject to intense fishing which has endangered its naturally small numbers.
Pollution and changes to its environment
Conservation management initiatives
Protected at a national level in France, it is prohibited to fish it
How can I help to protect it?
I comply to fishing restrictions.