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There are several different kinds of lobster, the most well known being the Clawed Lobster.
Clawed Lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. Clawed Lobsters are not closely related to Spiny Lobsters or Slipper Lobsters, which have no claws (chelae), or Squat Lobsters. The closest relatives of Clawed Lobsters are the Reef Lobsters and the three families of freshwater Crayfish.
Slipper Lobsters are a family of decapod crustaceans found in all warm oceans and seas. Despite their name, they are not true lobsters, but are more closely related to Spiny Lobsters and Furry Lobsters. Slipper Lobsters are instantly recognisable by their enlarged antennae, which project forward from the head as wide plates.
Reef Lobsters (Enoplometopus) constitute a single genus of small lobsters that live on hard rocky bottoms in tropical parts of the world's oceans and Japanese waters. They are generally brightly coloured, with stripes, rings, or spots in shades of red, orange, white and, blue; as a result, some species are gaining popularity in the aquarium trade.
Spiny Lobsters, also known as langouste or rock lobsters are a family (Palinuridae') of about 45 species. Although they superficially resemble true lobsters in terms of overall shape and having a hard carapace and exoskeleton, the two groups are not closely related. Spiny lobsters can be easily distinguished from true lobsters by their very long, thick, spiny antennae, by the lack of claws (chelae) on the first four pairs of walking legs.
Furry Lobsters (sometimes called coral lobsters) are small decapod crustaceans, closely related to the slipper lobsters and spiny lobsters. The antennae are not as enlarged as in spiny and slipper lobsters, and the body is covered in short hairs, hence the name furry lobster.
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