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Moreton Bay bug

Other namesBay lobster
Scientific nameThenus orientalis
Size RangeMaximum length — 28cm
Size limits on takesMinimum size 7.5cm
Description
  • reddish-brown with speckling and dull yellowish tails
  • can be distinguished from the Balmain bug by the position of its eyes, which are at the outer edge of the carapace
Distribution
  • can be found throughout Queensland coastal waters, as well as in northern New South Wales and off the northern coast of Australia
  • lives on muddy or sandy bottoms in oceanic waters to depths of up to 60 m
  • buries itself during the day and is active at night