species: Gonodactylus platysoma in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gonodactylus platysoma

©Barbara Banks: Gonodactylus platysoma at North Point, Lizard Island, 10 cm.

©Mike Bok: Gonodactylus platysoma from Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Stomatopoda
Family Gonodactylidae
Genus Gonodactylus
Species Gonodactylus platysoma



Distinguishing features

Dark blue and orange patches on side of fifth abdominal segment (Roy's List of stomatopods for the aquarium website accessed 1 Dec 2021).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



Roy Caldwell provided LIRS with a list of stomatopods he collected at Lizard Island between 1986 and 1997. It includes Gonodactylus platysoma with the note: "reef flat".

by Anne Hoggett


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Appears to be quite common on the reef flat at Coconut Beach

Web resources


  • Porter, M.L., Y. Zhang, S. Desai, R.L. Caldwell and T.W. Cronin (2010). Evolution of anatomical and physiological specialization in the compound eyes of stomatopod crustaceans. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213: 3473-3486. LIRS catalog number 1736.