species: Gonodactylaceus falcatus in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Gonodactylaceus falcatus

©Roy Caldwell: Gonodactylaceus falcatus, female.

©Roy Caldwell: Gonodactylaceus falcatus, female.

©Roy Caldwell: Gonodactylaceus falcatus, male.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Stomatopoda
Family Gonodactylidae
Genus Gonodactylaceus
Species Gonodactylaceus falcatus



Distinguishing features

"Telson with five, mid-dorsal carinae; pairs of black spots on anterior telson and 6th abdominal tergite; yellow-green meral spot."

"Highly color polymorphic, green, cream, tan mottle, greenish yellow meral spot."

Lives in "cavities in rubble and live coral".

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

Roy Caldwell advises that this species is sexually dimorphic at Lizard Island.


  • From 0.7 cm to 8 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • From 0 m to 10 m



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common in reef flat areas

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., 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.
  • 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.
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