|CRUSTACEA : DECAPODA : Nephropidae||CRABS, SHRIMPS AND LOBSTERS|
Description: The lobster is a familiar crustacean to most people. In life they are blue in colour, with large claws, eight walking legs and a long body ending in a series of tail plates.
Habitat: Lobsters are most common in the infralittoral zone amongst boulders, but occur at all depths on rocky seabeds where they can find some shelter.
Distribution: A common species all round the coast, though in most areas numbers are seriously depleted by fishing.
Similar Species: The only other large crustacean with a similar shape is the crayfish Palinurus elephas.
Key Identification Features:
Distribution Map from BioMar data for Ireland - Google Earth map: download this placemark (not got Google Earth installed?)
Distribution Map from NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slow, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.
|Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C., 2010. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland |
|Copyright © National Museums of Northern Ireland, 2002-2014|