Furry lobster

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Furry lobsters
Blind furry lobster.jpg
Palinurellus gundlachi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Achelata
Family: Palinuridae
(or Synaxidae)
Genera and species
  • Palinurellus
    • Palinurellus gundlachi
    • Palinurellus wieneckii
  • Palibythus
    • Palibythus magnificus

Furry lobsters (sometimes called coral lobsters) are small decapod crustaceans, closely related to the slipper lobsters and spiny lobsters.[1] The antennae are not as enlarged as in spiny and slipper lobsters, and the body is covered in short hairs, hence the name furry lobster. Although previously considered a family in their own right (Synaxidae Spence Bate, 1881), the furry lobsters were subsumed into the family Palinuridae in 1990,[2] and molecular phylogenies support the inclusion of the furry lobsters in the family Palinuridae.[1] There are two genera, with three species between them:[3]


  1. ^ a b Ferran Palero; Keith A. Crandall; Pere Abelló; Enrique Macpherson; Marta Pascual (2009). "Phylogenetic relationships between spiny, slipper and coral lobsters (Crustacea, Decapoda, Achelata)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 50 (1): 152–162. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.10.003. PMID 18957325. 
  2. ^ Joel W. Martin; George E. Davis (2001). An Updated Classification of the Recent Crustacea (PDF). Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. pp. 1–132. 
  3. ^ "Synaxidae Bate, 1881". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved February 15, 2011.