Domain: Eukarya
The eukarya includes organisms with eukaryotic cells - those that have membranous organelles.  The nucleus is a big part of differentiating eukaryotes from prokaryotes where eukaryotes' nucleus are enclosed whereas from the prokaryotes.  They also contain mitochondria, chloroplasts, and Golgi bodies apart from the nucleus.

Kingdom: Animalia

There are some attributes to organisms that make them belong into the kingdom animilia which are: they have specialized tissues such as organ systems, eukaryotic cells, use sexual reproduction, an aerobic metabolism (meaning breaks down food and obtain ATP as energy), and are capable of moving. Just like other organisms though, the kingdom animalia has classifications such as poriferans (sponges), etc. This leads to our own organism's classification.

Phylum: Arthropoda

The word arthropoda stands for jointed feet, and probably consists of widest range of species in the phyla's.  This phyla consists of crabs/lobsters, insects, spiders, and  centipedes/millipedes. One major feature that arthropods must do is that they must shed their chitin exoskeletons since they don't grow along with them.  This helps them grow.

Class: Malacostraca
Malacostraca's are the largest class of the crustaceans which consists of lobster, crabs, and shrimps where at least 25,000 species exists.  Their body types includes the thorax, cephalon, and abdomen.

Order: Decapoda

Decapoda species can consist of anything that has five pairs of legs (10) which means exactly what the word is.  This means crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, all fit in this order.

Family: Scyllaridae

Scyllaridae is a family of specific flathead lobsters also know as the slipper lobsters which usually inhabits the coasts of subtropical/tropical areas. 


Thenus, standing for flat, is how most lobsters who spend time buried under sand are named.  Another name given to species are slipper lobsters for their flatness.

Thenus orientalis
Thenus orientalis,
meaning flathead lobster, slipper lobster, or know to be the Moreton Bay Bug.  Though it is a lobster, it isn't a true lobster and is more closely related to the spiny lobster or furry.

Personal thanks to Philippe Poppe for some of these images. Also to
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