Scyllarides brasiliensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Scyllarides brasiliensis
Species Authority: Rathbun, 1906
Common Name/s:
English Brazilian Slipper Lobster

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-12-03
Assessor/s: Cockcroft, A., Butler, M. & MacDiarmid, A.
Reviewer/s: Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.
Contributor/s: Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.

Scyllarides brasiliensis is listed as Least Concern. This is a widespread species, with a potentially larger range. The ecological characteristics of slipper lobsters make them resistant to extinction as they are highly fecund with well connected populations via long-lived larvae. 

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in the western Atlantic region including Brazil (from Maranhão State to Santa Catarina State), and Dominica and the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean (Holthuis 1991, Dall'Occo et al. 2007, Santana et al. 2007). The distribution of this species is likely to be wider than is currently known (Santana et al. 2007).
The type locality for this species is Bahia, Brazil (Holthuis 1991).
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Barbados; Brazil; Curaçao; Dominica; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Netherlands Leeward Is.); Saint Barthélemy; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin (French part); Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southwest; Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is insufficient population information for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Very little is known about the life history and habitat preferences of this species (Holthuis 1991). This nocturnal species shelters during the day and forages at night feeding mainly on bivalves (Lavalli et al. 2007). It is found at depths varying from 22-38 m (Holthuis 1991).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species.

A decline in global captures of Scyllaridae has been documented, although information on specific species is lacking (Spanier and Lavalli 2007). Further research is necessary to determine the impact that global harvesting is having on specific species, and to clarify if the documented decline is due to reduced populations or simply reduced effort.

Citation: Cockcroft, A., Butler, M. & MacDiarmid, A. 2011. Scyllarides brasiliensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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