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Caribbean Spiny Lobster  - Panulirus argus
Photo by FKNMS

The Caribbean spiny lobster has a brown to tan carapace, marked with occasional dark spots. It has sharp "horns" above its eyes, and one pair of long antennae. The animal typically grows to 6-10 inches, but can grow up to 2 feet. Adults live between 3-130 feet, often hiding in crevices during the day, but feeding in the open at night. If disturbed, the spiny lobster can swim backwards rapidly using its powerful tail.

Caribbean Spiny Lobster
(Panulirus argus)

Bahamas, Caribbean, Florida


Snails and crabs


The status of this species is representative of the populations within the waters of this Sanctuary only, not global populations.

Quick Fact
While migrating, spiny lobsters line-up head to tail, forming long lines known as “queues”.

Learn More
- Florida Marine Research Institute
- National Wildlife Federation