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Smooth Fan Lobster

Ibacus brucei


Four similar species of Ibacus caught off south-east Qld. Differ from Moreton Bay Bugs in having eyes close together towards mid-line of shell. To 130 mm long.


On soft stony substrates, 90–180 m depth. Southern Qld, northern NSW; Kermadec Is., north of New Zealand.

Smooth Fan Lobster, Ibacus brucei. Smooth Fan Lobster, Ibacus brucei.

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