• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Eucarida
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Suborder: Pleocyemata
  • Infraorder: Caridea
  • Family: Hippolytidae
  • Scientific name: Lebbeus polaris
  • Norwegian: polarreke


The coloration is pale with strong red or orange markings. There are red and orange bands on the legs. The rostrum is straight or curved slightly downwards. It can reach a length of 9 cm, but more than 7 is rare.


It can be found on any depth from 0 to 900 meters, but is most common between 30 and 300. It occurs both on hard, sandy or muddy substrate.


It is a circumpolar species on the northern hemisphere. It can be found as far south as Shetland and Norway in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay in the western parts. In the Pacific Ocean it is common in the Bering Sea, Okhotsk Sea and as far south as British Colombia, Canada.