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Allogalathea elegans

(Adams & White, 1848)


Armin Keller A nice squat lobster (Allogalathea elegans) in a crinoid. Sony Nex-5R - 30 mm Macro - Inon UCL-100 - Sea&Sea YS-01 ISO 100 f22 1/125

Pere Rubio (y)

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 27 Jul 2013
Ilan Lubitz Crinoid Squat Lobster. (Allogalathea Elegans) Nikon D3X. 60mm. 2XSB-105 " at Anilao Sun View. Philippines.

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Uwe Schmolke Caterpillar - This Squat Lobster (lat. Allogalathea elegans) live on a feather star (lat. Comanthina sp.). I don't know if this is a real symbiosis relation, so hints are welcome. If so, what will be the benefit for the feather star? Habe fun watching.

Helmut Schierenberg May be it is invited or is paying for bed and breakfast

Scubashooters Dot Net Awesome shot!!

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 07 Apr 2013
Jim Dodd Allogalathea elegans (Featherstar Squat Lobster) F18, 1/100, ISO 125 Nikon D7000 Nikon 60mm macro Single DS 125 strobe

Jim Dodd Thanks to Paul Randy Rudder for finding them.

Paul Rudder Lol Anytime Jimmy - always happy to share with u :)

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 27 May 2012
Ilan Lubitz Crinoid Squat Lobster. (Allogalathea Elegans) Nikon D3X. 60mm. 2XSB-105 " at Anilao Sun View. Philippines.

Ella B. Lubitz Really Elegance looking of Lobster ;-)

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Ilan Lubitz Crinoid Squat Lobster. (Allogalathea Elegans) Nikon D3X. 60mm. 2XSB-105 " at Anilao Sun View. Philippines.

Message posted on UWphotographers on 29 Apr 2013
Uwe Schmolke Caterpillar - This Squat Lobster (lat. Allogalathea elegans) live on a feather star (lat. Comanthina sp.). I don't know if this is a real symbiosis relation, so hints are welcome. If so, what will be the benefit for the feather star? Habe fun watching.

Dustin Hurlbut I love the symmetry of this shot.

Ron Silver This relationship between squat lobster and crinoid is called a commensal one rather than a symbiotic one meaning there is no injury to either. It would appear that the squat lobster comes away a lot better on the benefits side of the equation. :-D

Uwe Schmolke @Ron: Your information does answer the relation sufficiently. Many thanks.

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Marc Henauer

Ron Silver Allogalathea elegans

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Marc Henauer

Ron Silver Allogalathea elegans

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Dani Barchana I think this is a Reef Squat Lobster of some kind.... Red Sea, Israel, 24 meters deep. about 4-6 c"m ling (with claws) Thanks for any input

Ilan Ben Tov Regarding the squat lobster Yes, never seen this type in Eilat

Arne Kuilman Cool critter

Boomer William Wing Allogalathea elegans, Elegant Squat Lobster, there are color morphs of them. Here is one in Marsa bareika, Ras Mohamed Park.

Dani Barchana Thank yoy, Boomer William Wing (y)

Dani Barchana Dear Boomer William Wing , I have found another angle, I am sure you were right. Thanks (Y)

Ilan Ben Tov Is this the same S.Lobster? it was shot several months in the same area>?

Dani Barchana it sure looks the same with the same dark side line, butI am only guessing, lets wait for a real answer....

Boomer William Wing I would also say it is the same

Giorgetta Massimo Max Indonesia - Lembeh Strait Zebra crab Canon G12 - Housing FixG12- sub see +10 1/800 f.8 iso 80 twin flash: 1 Sea&Sea YS-D1 & Epoque es 230 www.maxgiorgetta.it © 2013 Massimo Giorgetta - Tutti i diritti sono riservati - All rights reserved - Vietata la riproduzione anche parziale senza l'autorizzazione dell'Autore - Permessa la condivisione senza alcuna rimozione del Copyright.

Ayman Seleam waw

Ron Silver Appears to be a Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans

Giorgetta Massimo Max thanks Ron Silver

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 08 Jul 2013
Davide Barzazzi Moal Boal Crinoid's crab

Ron Silver Elegant Crinoid Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans

Message posted on UWphotographers on 22 Sep 2013
Davide Barzazzi Sea&Sea housing - Nikon D80 - Nikon 105mm Micro Vr - 2 Strobos Sea&Sea YS110 f.32 - 1/125 - ISO200

Scubashooters Dot Net Ciao Davide! Contrasto di colori fantastico! :) E' un'allogalatea elegans?

Davide Barzazzi Correct. This is an Allogalathea elegans. I wrote it in my post but for unknown reasons it did not appeared....

Scubashooters Dot Net Facebook mysteries !!! ;)

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Giorgetta Massimo Max Indonesia - Lembeh Strait Zebra crab Canon G12 - Housing FixG12- sub see +5 1/800 f.8 iso 80 twin flash: 1 Sea&Sea YS-D1 & Epoque es 230 www.maxgiorgetta.it © 2013 Massimo Giorgetta - Tutti i diritti sono riservati - All rights reserved - Vietata la riproduzione anche parziale senza l'autorizzazione dell'Autore - Permessa la condivisione senza alcuna rimozione del Copyright.

Ron Silver Appears to be a Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans

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Malida Alcazar Squat - Anilao, Philippines

Ron Silver Allogalathea elegans

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 27 Aug 2013
Neil Andoque Crinoid Lobster in Anilao, Batangas

Stuart Pearce Very nice shot :)

Ron Silver Elegant Crinoid Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans

Neil Andoque Thanks Stuart Pearce and Ron Silver :)

Ernst Andres A great shot with a great background (Y)

Neil Andoque It took me 30 mins. just for this critter Ernst Andres :)

Ernst Andres This great photo is well worth the time. Thank you for sharing Neil Andoque :-)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 06 Oct 2013
Malida Alcazar Squat - Anilao, Philippines

Ron Silver Elegant Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans

Janelle De Leon Pimentel OMG

Ernst Andres What a photo !!! WOOOW...RESPEKT ! :-)

Stuart Pearce Amazing as always :)

Mitch Dumlao Nice!

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 29 Aug 2013
Ex Liao at punta engano, 30ft. .5cm first time i saw this color of a squat lobster

Kati Burg Looks like Allogalathea elegans.There are different color varieties.

Lee Goldman I think it might Allogalathea babai. There was a nice paper written by Cabezas, et. al. (2011) (here's the link: http://decapoda.nhm.org/pdfs/32387/32387.pdf). In the paper, they talked about A. elegans having lots of 'hairs' along the claws whereas babai is much smoother (or without the long hairs). This photo is hard to tell, but I can't really see any hairs. Furthermore, and I know coloration is not a great diagnostic, the paper does describe the different species (4 different ones to be exact) by specific color patterns. This one appears to match A. babai. Hope this helps :-)!

Danny Curran This is an amazing photo. Even downloaded from FB I can zoom way in and see even the individual hairs on some of the crinoids feathers. Can't imagine how crisp the original must be.

Angela Loetscher Crinoid Squat Lobster (Allogalathea elegans) Bunaken Marine Park, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia F/4, 1/125, ISO 320, INON D2000 & Olympus UFL-2 And lots of fun ;-)

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 01 May 2013
Yolanda Chromi In my corner. Tulamben 2013. Nikon D90, 105mm+5 subsee.

Dennis Corpuz :D (y)

Alexis Golding Crinoid Squad Lobster (Allogalathea elegans)

Ron Silver A. elegans or A. babai?

Message posted on UWphotographers on 11 Nov 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Arthropoda (Phylum)
    Crustacea (Subphylum)
      Malacostraca (Class)
        Eumalacostraca (Subclass)
          Eucarida (Superorder)
            Decapoda (Order)
              Pleocyemata (Suborder)
                Anomura (Infraorder)
                  Galatheoidea (Superfamily)
                    Galatheidae (Family)
                      Allogalathea (Genus)
                        Allogalathea elegans (Species)
Associated Species