28 Jul '13, 1pm

Wow! These are impressively big! up to 30 cm!

Wow! These are impressively big! up to 30 cm!

Gebiideans (phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Crustacea, class Malacostraca, order Decapoda, suborder Pleocyemata, infraorder Gebiidea) are typically burrowing crustaceans with elongate and somewhat flattened abdomens. They are usually found in soft-bottoms of intertidal or subtidal areas. Members of this infraorder that have heavily calcified exoskeletons with spines and tubercles are commonly referred to as mud lobsters, while the more delicate members are usually referred to as mud shrimps. All gebiideans have strong claws for burrowing, and many species build complex branching burrows in the ground. They mostly feed on decaying organic materials (or detritus), bacteria and other organic matter in the substrate. Some species may appear similar to the coral ghost shrimps of the infraorder Axiidea, but can be distinguished from the latter by having pincers on the first pair of...

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Another mud lobster pic!

Another mud lobster pic!

tidechaser.blogspot.com 28 Jul '13, 1pm

, I dropped an email to the authors, Moh H. H. and Chong V. C., who wrote about the new species, Thalassina kelanang , in ...

Mantis shrimp #stomatopoda of Singapore!

Mantis shrimp #stomatopoda of Singapore!

tidechaser.blogspot.com 25 Jul '13, 5pm

Mantis shrimps (phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Crustacea, class Malacostraca, order Stomatopoda) are crustaceans with a pair...