The spiny lobster has a pair of long, flexible antennae and can be up to 50cm long. It is red-brown in colour with yellow spots and lines, especially on its legs and antennae. It is a nocturnal animal that hides in holes and crevices during the day. Its main prey are shellfish and dead fish. It lives in rock crevices and Posidonia seagrass beds from 10m to 500m below the surface and is found all over the western Mediterranean and in the Atlantic from the British Isles to Mauritania.
Scientific name: Palinurus elephas