Ornate Spiny Lobster

Panulirus ornatus


Large, irregular dark splotches of blue-brown on legs. One of largest crayfish, can reach 500 mm.


Also commonly called Ornate Cray. On sandy, muddy or rock bottoms, but also on coral reefs, shallow, sometimes slightly turbid coastal waters, 1–8 m depth; often found near mouths of rivers. From Albany, WA, across northern Australia to northern NSW; Indo-West Pacific.

Photo courtesy Ian Banks Ornate Spiny Lobster, Panulirus ornatus. Photo courtesy Ian Banks.

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