Southern rock lobster
Deep red to orange in colour, with two large antennae and 10 legs, the southern rock lobster can reach a body length of more than 50 cm. It usually inhabits shallow rocky reefs, but can reach depths of 200m, living in protected cracks and nooks. Southern rock lobster are important predators in rocky reef food webs as they eat urchins, crabs, marine snails and other small slow moving creatures. Large lobsters are the main predator of the invasive long spined sea urchin, which is causing enormous damage to Tasmanian seaweeds and the creatures that live among them.