species: Pullosquilla thomassini in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Pullosquilla thomassini

©Miriam Henze: Female (top) and male Pullosquilla thomassini from Lizard Island (lab photo). Adults live in monogamous pairs.

©Miriam Henze: Male Pullosquilla thomassini from Lizard Island (lab photo).

©Miriam Henze: Female Pullosquilla thomassini from Lizard Island (lab photo). Orange ovaries are visible through the cuticle.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Stomatopoda
Family Nannosquillidae
Genus Pullosquilla
Species Pullosquilla thomassini



Distinguishing features

Small, transparent species with numerous white dots. Orange ovaries visible in the body of adult females. Underside of tail covered with spines.

Information provided by Dr Miriam Henze based on personal observations, web resource Roy's list and Ahyong (2001).


  • Up to 2 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • From 0 m to 40 m



Roy Caldwell provided LIRS with a list of stomatopods he collected at Lizard Island between 1986 and 1997. It includes Pullosquilla thomassini with the note: "burrows in sand, 2 - 20 m, larvae".

by Anne Hoggett


©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.
  • Feller, K.D. and T.W. Cronin (2014). Hiding opaque eyes in transparent organisms: a potential role for larval eyeshine in stomatopod crustaceans, Journal of Experimental Biology, 217: 3263-3273. LIRS catalog number 1826.
  • Feller, K.D., J.H. Cohen and T.W. Cronin (2015). Seeing double: visual physiology of double-retina eye ontogeny in stomatopod crustaceans, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 201: 331-339. LIRS catalog number 1876.
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