Juvenile Carlifornia spiny lobster or shrimp?

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Postby sfmphotog » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:55 am

I photographed this little guy over the weekend at La Jolla Shores, at about 60 ft and along the main wall. He was clinging to a kelp 'leaf' attached to a lone stalk. When I first saw it, I thought it was a copepod with large antenna, but after looking at the photo, it distinctly looks like a juvenile California spiny lobster. It appears to have it's tail tucked under in the back and the body shape looks like a lobster, but it's shell is transparent. Can anyone confirm that it is indeed a lobster? What was also curious is the encrustations on the long antenae.

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Postby Leslie Harris » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:37 pm

It sure is - what a nice find! The stuff clinging to the antennae is just organic fluff that helps break up the animal's outlines & provides camouflage.
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Postby sfmphotog » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:19 pm

Thanks Leslie!
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Postby seekncritters » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:31 pm

WAY COOOOL!!!! Congrats on a great find!! :D

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Postby tswinner » Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:17 am

Wow! That's too cool! great job.

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