Neopetrolisthes maculatus

Scientific name Neopetrolisthes maculatus
Descriptor Milne Edwards
Year of description 1837
IUCN category NE
Family Porcellanidae
Genus Neopetrolisthes
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Neopetrolisthes maculatus is a salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    3 cm
  • Maximum size
    7 cm
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    3 cm
  • Maximum size
    7 cm
  • Pattern

How to recognize Neopetrolisthes maculatus ?

Neopetrolisthes maculatus measures between 3 and 7 cm. this crustacea is unicolore with a predominantly beige body. The also has rouge ponctuations.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Venomous
  • Way of living

Like all crustaceans, Neopetrolisthes maculatus molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

Neopetrolisthes maculatus is a crustacea living as a couple or alone. This species is scavenger .

Although Neopetrolisthes maculatus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Neopetrolisthes maculatus is a crustacea ovipare. this crustacea protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    5 - 20 m

Biotope presentation

Neopetrolisthes maculatus is most often found at a depth between 5m and 20m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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