Polycheles sculptus

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Polycheles sculptus
Polycheles sculptus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Polychelidae
Genus: Polycheles
Species: P. sculptus
Binomial name
Polycheles sculptus
  • Stereomastis sculpta (Smith, 1880)
  • Pentacheles spinosus A. Milne-Edwards, 1880
  • Pentacheles sculptus Smith, 1882

Polycheles sculptus is a species of "strange, blind crustacean" resembling a prawn or a squat lobster.[3] It has a cosmopolitan distribution in deep water, being found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, in the Mediterranean Sea, and across much of the Indo-West Pacific,[4] at depths of 200–4,000 metres (660–13,120 ft).[3]


  1. ^ T. Y. Chan (2011). "Stereomastis sculpta". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T185012A8347162. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T185012A8347162.en. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Polycheles sculptus S. I. Smith, 1880". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Bella Galil (2000). A. Crosnier, ed. "Crustacea Decapoda: Review of the genera and species of the family Polychelidae Wood-Mason, 1874" (PDF). Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle. Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM. 21 (184): 285–387.
  4. ^ Shane T. Ahyong & Tin-Yam Chan (2004). "Polychelid lobsters of Taiwan (Decapoda: Polychelidae)" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 52 (1): 171–182.