|CRUSTACEA : DECAPODA : Palinuridae||CRABS, SHRIMPS AND LOBSTERS|
Description: The crayfish is larger than the lobster, growing to about 600mm in length. It has long antennae but small hook-like claws.
Habitat: Crayfish are found on open exposed rock faces and rocky seabed in the circalittoral and infralittoral zones. Numbers have been severely depleted on most coasts by tangle net fishing.
Distribution: A widespread species on western coasts of the British Isles, becoming rather scarce in Scotland.
Similar Species: The only other large crustacean with a similar shape is the lobster Homarus gammarus.
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. (2015). Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787). [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. |
http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=S24140 Accessed on 2015-7-30
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