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Spiny lobster

Order Decapoda
Family Palinuridae

Marine crustacean with shell with almost parallel sides. Relatively close supraorbital spines, leaving a more closed V-space than in Palinurus mauritanicus. Short antacids. Color reddish brown, with a pair of large yellow spots on the abdominal segments. Pereiópodos (legs) with clear longitudinal lines. Up to 50 cm in length.

FAO code
Palinurus elephas
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Languste
France Langouste
Italy Aragosta
Portugal Lagosta
United Kingdom Spiny lobster
Japan Iseebi
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
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