species: Gonodactylellus caldwelli in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gonodactylellus caldwelli

©Roy Caldwell: Gonodactylellus caldwelli, aquarium photo.

©Roy Caldwell: Gonodactylellus caldwelli, aquarium photo.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Stomatopoda
Family Gonodactylidae
Genus Gonodactylellus
Species Gonodactylellus caldwelli



Distinguishing features

"Iridescent longitudinal blue stripes on carapace, this is the largest member of the genus."

"Colour variable; usually mottled green or tan and cream, meral spot white."

Lives in "cavities in coral rubble".

Quotes from Roy's List accessed 13 oct 2018, link below.


  • From 0.7 cm to 7 cm and averaging 2.5 cm (length according to Roy's List accessed 13 Oct 2018, link below.)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Ahyong, S.T. (2001). Revision of the stomatopod Crustacea, Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement, 26: 1-326. LIRS catalog number LIRS 2099.