Animal Species:Eastern Rock Lobster

This species is commonly found in Sydney's top restaurants but much of Australia's catch is exported overseas.

Eastern Rock Lobster

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Eastern Rock Lobster

Identification

The Eastern Rock Lobster is the largest spiny lobster in the world and can grow to over 15 kg.

Size range

60 cm

Distribution

The Eastern Rock Lobster is found in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Also New Zealand.

Habitat

The Eastern Rock Lobster lives in coastal waters and oceans to a depth of 200 m.

Life cycle

After mating, female Eastern Rock Lobsters carry hundreds of thousands of tiny orange eggs under their tail by fine hairs. The eggs hatch after about six months and, like most baby crustaceans, the juveniles look nothing like their parents. They go through a succession of moults before they reach the adult form, usually migrating to shallow waters in large numbers during the process. It is thought that the Eastern Rock Lobster lives for 20 years.

Economic/social impacts

The Eastern Rock Lobster is highly sought after by both recreational and commercial fishers. It is mostly caught in traps, and both commercial and recreational fishers must adhere to quotas and size restrictions, to give the lobsters a chance to breed before being caught.

Classification

Species:
verreauxi
Genus:
Jasus
Family:
Palinuridae
Infraorder:
Palinura
Suborder:
Pleocyemata
Order:
Decapoda
Superorder:
Eucarida
Class:
Malacostraca
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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