BIOTIC Species Information for Galathea spp.
Researched byDan Bayley
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameGalathea spp. Common nameA squat lobster
MCS CodeS1470 Recent Synonyms

PhylumArthropoda SubphylumCrustacea
Superclass ClassMalacostraca
SubclassEumalacostraca OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyGalatheidae
GenusGalathea Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth form Feeding methodGrazer (surface/substratum)
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food typesDetritus, algae Habit
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Lebour, 1930, Lebour, 1931, Bull, 1937, Newell & Newell, 1977,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandAll Great Britain
Global distributionMediterranean to Scandinavia.
Biogeographic range Depth range10 - 600 m dependent on species.
Distribution Additional InformationGalathea nexa uncommon and restricted to south and west coasts of the Britsish Isles.

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Bull, 1937,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanismBrooding
Reproductive Season Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation time Fecundity30 - 600
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement periodApril - August
Duration of larval stage6 months   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Lebour, 1930, Lebour, 1931, Newell & Newell, 1977,
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