European Spiny Lobster
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Popular Name: European Spiny Lobster
Species: Palinurus elephas
Profile of the European Spiny Lobster
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the European Spiny Lobster species.
Size: Can grow up to 60cm, average size is 25cm to 30cm
Diet / Feeding: Worms, Dead Fish and Crabs
Habitat: 20-70m Depth along rocky coasts
Range: Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean
Scientific Classification of the European Spiny Lobster
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Interesting Facts and Information - Facts about a European Spiny Lobster
The Spiny Lobster belongs to a group called Achelate Crustaceans. They are among a small minority of crustaceans that don't have claws. They are not closely related to 'true' lobsters as they do not have the usual three pairs of claws and have a larger, spiny antennae. They can deter predators by rubbing their antennae over a smooth part of their shell to produce a high pitched screeching sound.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do European Spiny Lobsters have an Exoskeleton?
A lobsters shell is an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton protects the crustacean from predators and is also used for sensing and feeding. The exoskeleton grows and hardens and is eventually shred when the carpace becomes too small. The carpace is the upper section of the exoskeleton.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the European Spiny Lobster called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages).
Interesting Facts and Information about European Spiny Lobster