Galathea intermedia

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Galathea intermedia
Galathea intermedia.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Galatheidae
Genus: Galathea
Species: G. intermedia
Binomial name
Galathea intermedia
Liljeborg, 1851
Synonyms [1]

Galathea intermedia is a species of squat lobster found in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean,[2] as far north as Troms, Norway,[3] south to Dakar and the Mediterranean Sea.[4]

G. intermedia is the smallest species of squat lobster in the North Sea,[5] at a length of only 18 millimetres (0.71 in), and a carapace length of 8.5 mm (0.33 in).[4] The whole body is red,[4] with a beige stripe along the back, onto the narrow rostrum.[3] The limbs are semitransparent,[3] and the animal bears several "neon blue" spots on the front of the body that may serve in species recognition.[6]


  1. ^ Keiji Baba; Enrique Macpherson; Gary C. B. Poore; Shane T. Ahyong; Adriana Bermudez; Patricia Cabezas; Chia-Wei Lin; Martha Nizinski; Celso Rodrigues; Kareen E. Schnabel (2008). "Catalogue of squat lobsters of the world (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura — families Chirostylidae, Galatheidae and Kiwaidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1905: 1–220. 
  2. ^ Eli Agbayani; Elijah F. Laxamana (February 25, 2009). "Galathea intermedia". Sealifebase. 
  3. ^ a b c Kåre Telnes. "Galathea intermedia". Archived from the original on 2007-12-22. 
  4. ^ a b c M. J. de Kluijver; S. S. Ingalsuo. "Galathea intermedia". Macrobenthos of the North Sea: Crustacea. Universiteit van Amsterdam. 
  5. ^ Katrin Kronenberger; Michael Türkay (2003). "A population study of Galathea intermedia (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura) in the German Bight" (PDF). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 83: 133–141. doi:10.1017/S0025315403006891h. 
  6. ^ J. M. Hall-Spencer; P. G. Moore; L. U. Sneddon (1999). "Observations and possible function of the striking anterior coloration pattern of Galathea intermedia (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura)" (PDF). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 79: 371–372. doi:10.1017/s0025315498000459.