Red Hairy lobster

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Description of the Red Hairy lobster

The Red Hairy lobster is a small tropical red reef lobster with pronounced white hairs and spots all over it's body. It is known by a variety of names including:
Red Hairy lobster, Red Reef Lobster, Hawaiian Reef Lobster,  Red dwarf lobster, Hairy Reef Lobster and Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster.

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Popular Name: Red Hairy lobster
Species: Enoplometopus Occidentalis

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Red Hairy lobster

Profile of the Red Hairy lobster
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Red Hairy lobster species.

  • Size: 5 inches 

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temperature range 72-78F - pH 8.3 - 100 litre tank minimum

  • Diet / Feeding: Omnivore, mainly scavenges for scraps at night.

  • Temperament: A shy nocturnal animal generally aggressive towards it's tank-mates.

  • Habitat: Reef Compatible.

  • Behaviour: A nocturnal animal that will try to find a cave or similar to hide out of the light during daylight hours.

  • Range: Indo-Pacific.

Scientific Classification of the Red Hairy lobster
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Enoplometopus Occidentalis

  • Popular Name: Red Hairy lobster - Red Reef Lobster - Hawaiian Reef Lobster - Red dwarf lobster - Hairy Reef Lobster - Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Family: Nephropidae

Interesting Facts and Information - Facts about a Red Hairy lobster
Because of their murky underwater environment, the Red Hairy lobster has antennae which they use as sensors. Lobsters, like snails and spiders have blue blood due to the presence of haemocyanin.  They move by walking slowly across the the sea floor but when fleeing from a predator, they swim backwards quickly by curling and uncurling their abdomen. This is known as the caridoid escape reaction and is also known by the terms lobstering or tail-flipping!

 

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Red Hairy lobster have an Exoskeleton?
A lobsters shell is an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton protects the crustacean from predators and is also used for sensing and feeding. The exoskeleton grows and hardens and is eventually shred when the carpace becomes too small. The carpace is the upper section of the exoskeleton.


Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Red Hairy lobster called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). Lobsters have ten walking legs; the front three pairs have claws, the first of which are larger than the others. The legs of the lobster are divided into seven segments. These are: Coxa, Dactylus, Basis, Carpus, Ischium, Merus and Propodus. The limbs are biramous which means that they branch into two and subsequent sections are then joined end to end. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Red Hairy lobster

Red Hairy lobster

  • Interesting Information about the Red Hairy Lobster

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Enoplometopus Occidentalis

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