CRUSTACEA : DECAPODA : NephropidaeCRABS, SHRIMPS AND LOBSTERS

Homarus gammarus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lobster


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
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=S23600

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