Homarus gammarus (Linnaeus, 1758)


Homarus gammarus

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 NBN: Grid map (fast) : Interactive map (slower, requires login to view records) : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2015). Homarus gammarus (Linnaeus, 1758). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2015-11-26

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