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Family Scyllaridae

Slipper lobsters have paddle-shaped antennae and are typically found on cavern ceilings during the day.  Large species are no longer common due to heavy fishing pressure and disregard for local laws.  Minimum tail width is 2.75 inches.  Illegal to harvest from May through August, spearing and taking of females with eggs prohibited.




Biarctus vitiensis

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet


Rare among caverns at night.  Attains 2 inches.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.