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Common Squat Lobster Galathea squamifera

The common squat lobster’s name is utterly misleading, as it is in fact closer to a hermit or crab than a lobster. This creature likes to hide under rocks and is rather partial to shallow chalk gullied environments that are common to the Norfolk coastline.

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The common squat lobster is an abundant species and is not presently threatened.

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There is one other species of squat lobster found in our waters, the spiny squat lobster (Galathea strigosa), although it is not as common along the Norfolk coast as the common squat lobster. It is a striking animal with a beautiful red carapace with blue patches and stripes, and long red tipped claws.

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