Found in sandy bottom from 4-280m in depth.
Balmain bugs are a type of slipper lobster, closely related to rock lobsters. They are occasionally encountered by recreational divers or fishers, but more commonly seen on commercial scallop vessels.
These slipper lobsters are safe to handle but take care around the tail which has sharp edges.
Public Health advice
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health and Human Services at http://www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738.
Usually boiled in a similar manner to rock lobster, Balmain bugs have most of their meat in the tail.