Animal Species:Balmain Bug

The Balmain Bug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular, edible crustacean common throughout Sydney fish markets and fish shops.

Balmain Bug lying on sand

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Balmain Bug

Alternative Name/s

Flapjack, Slipper Lobster, Butterfly Fan Lobster

Identification

The Balmain Bug has no pincers and uses its short, wide antennae to dig into sand and mud on the ocean floor in search of food.

Size range

7 cm

Distribution

The Balmain Bug is found from Southport in Queensland, through to New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania to Geraldton in Western Australia. Also found in New Zealand.

Habitat

The Balmain Bug lives in the ocean at depths of 20 m - 500 m.

Classification

Species:
peronii
Genus:
Ibacus
Subfamily:
Ibacinae
Family:
Scyllaridae
Infraorder:
Palinura
Order:
Decapoda
Class:
Malacostraca
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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