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Family: Polychelidae blind lobsters (See list of species below)

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42 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)
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Cardus crucifer
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Homeryon armarium
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Homeryon asper
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Pentacheles gibbus
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Pentacheles laevis
[blind lobster]
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Pentacheles obscurus
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Pentacheles snyderi
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Pentacheles validus
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Polycheles aculeatus
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Polycheles amemiyai
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Polycheles baccatus
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Polycheles coccifer
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Polycheles crucifer
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Polycheles enthrix
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Polycheles kermadecensis
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Polycheles martini
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Polycheles perarmatus
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Polycheles sculptus
[blind lobsters]
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Polycheles tanneri
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Polycheles typhlops
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Stereomastis aculeata
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Stereomastis alis
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Stereomastis auriculata
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Stereomastis cerata
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Stereomastis evexa
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Stereomastis galil
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Stereomastis helleri
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Stereomastis nana
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Stereomastis pacifica
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Stereomastis panglao
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Stereomastis phosphorus
[pink blind lobster]
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Stereomastis polita
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Stereomastis suhmi
[deepsea blind lobster]
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Stereomastis surda
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Stereomastis talismani
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Stereomastis trispinosa
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Willemoesia forceps
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Willemoesia inornata
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Willemoesia leptodactyla
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Willemoesia pacifica
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Xylocheles macrops
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Xylocheles miersi
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42 Species of Family Polychelidae
(blind lobsters)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Cardus crucifer Atlantic Ocean.
Homeryon armarium Northwest Pacific
Homeryon asper Eastern Central Pacific
Pentacheles gibbus Indian Ocean.
Pentacheles laevis blind lobster Circumglobal
Pentacheles obscurus Indo-West Pacific.
Pentacheles snyderi Indo-Pacific and the Nort
Pentacheles validus Western Central Pacific
Polycheles aculeatus Western Central Pacific
Polycheles amemiyai Northwest Pacific
Polycheles baccatus Central Pacific
Polycheles coccifer Western Pacific Ocean
Polycheles crucifer Western Central Atlantic
Polycheles enthrix Western Pacific.
Polycheles kermadecensis Southwest Pacific
Polycheles martini Western Pacific
Polycheles perarmatus Atlantic Ocean.
Polycheles sculptus blind lobsters Circumglobal.
Polycheles tanneri Eastern Pacific
Polycheles typhlops Circumglobal from tropica 4.76 CL
Stereomastis aculeata Pacific Ocean.
Stereomastis alis Southwest Pacific
Stereomastis auriculata Pacific Ocean.
Stereomastis cerata Eastern Indian Ocean
Stereomastis evexa Southeast Pacific
Stereomastis galil Western Central Pacific
Stereomastis helleri Indo-West Pacific.
Stereomastis nana Western Central Pacific a
Stereomastis pacifica Eastern Pacific
Stereomastis panglao Western Central Pacific
Stereomastis phosphorus pink blind lobster Indo-West Pacific.
Stereomastis polita Western Central Pacific
Stereomastis suhmi deepsea blind lobster Southeast Atlantic and Pa
Stereomastis surda Indo-Pacific
Stereomastis talismani Eastern Atlantic
Stereomastis trispinosa Indo-West Pacific
Willemoesia forceps Atlantic Ocean.
Willemoesia inornata Eastern Pacific
Willemoesia leptodactyla Worldwide.
Willemoesia pacifica Indo-Pacific.
Xylocheles macrops Western Pacific
Xylocheles miersi Indo-West Pacific



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