The Mediterranean slipper lobster can be as long as 45cm. Its body seems practically square, almost as wide as it is long. It has no claws but it has flattened antennae that look like shields. It is a reddish-brown colour, lighter on the ventral side, and its antennae and limbs have dark mauve tips. It is a placid and slow-moving animal that feeds on worms, shellfish and carrion. Mediterranean slipper lobsters live in caves, holes and on mud from 5m to 100m deep. They can be found all over the Mediterranean except in the Black Sea, and in the Atlantic from Portugal to Cabo Verde.
Scientific name: Scyllarides latus
French: Grande cigale de mer
Spanish: Cigarra de mar
German: Grosser Bärenkrebs