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Large animal, overall body length about 90 mm, carapace up to 53 mm; vivid red with patches and bands of bright blue. Rostrum with a long apical spine and covered with fringed scales; three epigastric spines on each side, middle one longest; carapace grooves densely pilose. Merus of maxilliped 3 with two strong spines (G. strigosa detail).

From shallow sublittoral to 600 metres, on gravely and rocky bottoms.

From North Cape, Scandinavia to Spain, Canaries, Mediterranean and Red Sea.

Galathea strigosa