Galathea squamifera is the most commonly found squat lobster on north European shores and can reach lengths of up to 65 mm, having a carapace length of up to 35 mm. There is a pointed, triangular rostrum with 4 spines on either side. The first pair of pereopods are 1.5 times longer than the body. The chelae are well developed and are covered in scales without spines on the outer margin. Galathea squamifera are chestnut brown in colour with a greenish hint and red tipped spines. The carapace is shiny between grooves and has scattered short hairs.This species is a filter feeder and a scavanger. Juvenilles oftn have a reddish colour. Females carry eggs during late winter and early spring.
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