Lauriea siagiani

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Lauriea siagiani
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Lauriea siagiani in a giant barrel sponge
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Family: Galatheidae
Genus: Lauriea
Species: L. siagiani
Binomial name
Lauriea siagiani
Baba, 1994 [1]

Lauriea siagiani, is a species of squat lobster in the family Galatheidae, genus Lauriea.[2]


Lauriea siagiani is a small squat lobster, up to 7 millimetres (0.28 in) long. It differs from the only other species in the genus, Lauriea gardineri by a number of features, but most obviously by the coloration: L. gardineri is pale brown with darker bands, while L. siagiani is orange or pink with red or purplish markings.[1]

Distribution and ecology[edit]

Lauriea siagiani is found around the giant sponge Xestospongia testudinaria, and has been recorded from Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.[3]


Lauriea siagiani was described in 1994 by Keiji Baba; the specific epithet commemorates Wilhelm Siagian, who collected the type material.[1] The species had been previously illustrated by the photographer Roger Steene (as "Galathea sp."), from which Baba recognised that it must represent a new species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Keiji Baba (1994). "Lauriea siagiani, a new galatheid (Decapoda: Anomura: Galatheidae) from Bali, Indonesia". Crustacean Research. 23: 40–45.
  2. ^ Enrique Macpherson (2012). "Lauriea siagiani Baba, 1994". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Masayuki Osawa & Junji Okuno (2004). "Lauriea siagiani Baba, 1994 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Galatheidae) from Hachijo-jima Island, the Izu Islands, Japan" (PDF). Biogeography. 6: 57–62.

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