Saltwater Aquarium Inverts for Marine Reef Aquariums: Spiny Lobster, Blue
Spiny Lobster, Blue
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Spiny Lobster, Blue (Panulirus versicolor)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 1' 2"
Color Form Blue, White
Diet Omnivore
Supplements Calcium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Indonesia
Family Palinuridae
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Panulirus vesicolor is known by many names using a combination of the adjectives, "blue", "spiny", and"painted"; for instance, Painted Spiny Lobster or Spiny Blue Lobster. The Blue Spiny Lobster or Painted Crayfish, has distinctive markings of azure blue stripes on its legs. The carapace is greenish-blue, and the dorsal surface is darker blue with a reticulated pattern. The tail fin is also blue. The abdominal segments have white bands and the antennae is very long. It lacks the large claws found on most other lobsters.

It is peaceful and multiple specimens may be kept in a large tank. It generally will not bother other inhabitants of the aquarium, except for sessile or other bottom dwelling animals. Live rock with multiple crevices and hiding places would provide a good environment. It may be shy when first introduced, but once acclimated, will be more visible.

It is capable of making a sound that is very similar to a cicada (locust). It may perform a dance-like maneuver, whipping its long, split white antennae as it moves about the tank.

It will eat most all types of meaty foods that are placed in the aquarium. It is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications. It is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"

Customer Testimonials

Rob C Danville , CA
I love these little guys. They get along with all my fish.
Miriam T Randolph , NJ
I have one of these guys - and he is great to watch. I have a tower in the tank and he loves it.
Anonymous Conway , AR
I got one of these guys when it was an inch long the only thing in my pico reef, he is now almost a foot and is the most stunning thing in my show aquarium!
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