Family Scyllaridae - slipper lobsters

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  Class
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Malacostraca
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  No. of Species in Ref
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88
  Environment
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Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
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Ref..   De Grave, S., N. Dean Pentcheff, S.T. Ahyong, T.-Y. Chan, K.A. Crandall, P.C. Dworschak, D.L. Felder, R.M. Feldmann, C.H.J.M. Fransen, L.Y.D. Goulding, R. Lemaitre, M.E.Y. Low, J.W. Martin, P.K.L. Ng, C.E. Schweitzer and S.H. … Tan 2009
  Remark
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Also Ref. 4. To about 25 cm. Marine, shallow and deep waters down to 484 m; benthic (Ref. 94508). Body strongly flattened dorso ventrally; carapace depressed and laterally angular; rostrum absent or minute; eyes enclosed by distinct orbits and without large frontal horns; antennae plate-like; legs without pincers, none of them en larged; posterior half of tail fan soft and flexible. Colour: usually drab, in various shades of brown; anterior portion of first abdominal segment often with characteristic pattern of brightly coloured spots. many living on level bottoms (sand, mud or rock) but some preferring reef areas. No established commercial fishery exists for any of the eastern Atlantic species. Local fisheries are reported from Senegal and St Helena, and incidental captures by other fishing operations are known for at least 5 species. All of the slipper lobster catch is taken and consumed or sold in local markets. Scyllarus is the most diverse genus in the family. These slipper lobsters occur on both soft and hard bottoms from shallow to deep waters. These species are usually small in size, occur in low abundance and, therefore, are without economic value (Ref. 104052).
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Marine
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Ref.
[ e.g. 9948]                       
Glossary
                    [ e.g. cephalopods]


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