Species group: Crabs and Lobsters
Other common names: Debelius' Reef Lobster; Purple and Orange Lobster; Purple/Orange Reef Lobster; Purple Lobster; Violet-spotted Reef Lobster; Polka-dot Reef Lobster
Scientific name: Enoplometopus debelius
The Debelius Reef Lobster is native to coral reefs at depths of 12-25 meters throughout the Indo-Pacific Oceans. It is small and colorful reef lobster which is nocturnal and omnivorous. Enoplometopus debelius is a highly desirable addition to marine tanks because of its handsome coloration, hardiness and small size. Most specimens are wild caught in Indonesia.
The Debelius Reef Lobster has a light orange colored body which is highlighted by lavender / purple spots. Its claws are purple with orange stripes at the tips.
Size: 0-5 inches
The Debelius Reef Lobster is territorial and does best when kept as a single individual in a tank. If it is kept well fed, the Debelius Reef Lobster will ignore other reef invertebrates and fish.
50 gallons, with lots of rocks and hiding places. Invertebrates like Enoplometopus debelius cannot tolerate high nitrate levels or copper-based medications.
absolutely stunning colouration, burnt orange spots, vivid lavender
territory, new lobster owner, large aquarium, personal space
nocturnal hunters, burrowing activity, plenty caves, scavenger