Caribbean spiny lobster

Order: 
Decapoda
Family: 
Palinuridae

Marine crustacean. Carapace rounded dorsally, covered with numerous spines and nodules of various sizes including a pair of very strong and sharp frontal horns over the eyes; no distinct median rostrum on frontal margin of carapace. Antennae long, stiff, whip-like, longer than the body; antennules slender, their flagella longer than the antennular peduncle; bases of antennae separated by a broad antennular plate bearing 2 pairs of strong spines. Tail powerful, with a well-developed fan; each abdominal segment with a complete transverse groove. Legs without pincers. First pair of legs not enlarged. Colour: variable, mottled greenish purple, also tan, brown, reddish, bluish, or greenish; tail with 4 conspicuous yellow spots, one on each side of second and sixth abdominal segments; legs with light and dark longitudinal stripes. Tail fan with a broad transverse reddish band along or just before the posterior margin. Maximum length: 45 cm.

International Designations

Germany: 
Amerikanische Languste
France: 
Langouste blanche
Italy: 
Aragosta dei Caraibi
Portugal: 
Lagosta das Caraíbas
UK: 
Caribbean spiny lobster
Japan: 
Iseebi-zoku
Fishing gears: 
Pots traps
Dregdes
FAO code: 
SLC
Scientific name: 
Panulirus argus
Type: 
Crustacean
Fishing areas: 
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
37428,33
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC