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Palinurus mauritanicus   Gruvel, 1911

pink spiny lobster

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Palinuridae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 180 - 600 m (Ref. 4), usually 200 - 400 m (Ref. 85373).  Subtropical, preferred 18°C (Ref. 107945); 55°N - 14°N, 19°W - 17°E (Ref. 4)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean: from west Ireland to southern Senegal and western Mediterranean.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 9.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 441); common length : 45.0 cm BL male/unsexed; (Ref. 441); max. reported age: 21 years (Ref. 76525)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum body length: 50 cm; a single record of a specimen of 75 cm needs confirmation; usually the body length ranges between 20 and 40 cm (Ref. 4). Lives on rocky and coralligenous substrates near rocky outcrops in edges of the continental shelf (Ref. 85369). Reproduces in late summer and fall (Refs. 76522, 76525) (Ref. 85369). Fecundity is 60,000 eggs in females of 34-38 cm TL (14-15.7 cm CL) (Ref. 76525). However, Ref. 75369 reports a relative frequency of 136,000 eggs per kg (n=92).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Reproduces in late summer and fall (Refs. 76522, 76525).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Goñi, R. and D. Latrouite. 2005. (Ref. 85369)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: production) | FIRMS (Stock assessments) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: ; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high