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Homarus gammarus   (Linnaeus, 1758)

European lobster
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Malacostraca | Decapoda | Nephropidae
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Main reference
Holthuis, L.B. 1991. (Ref. 4)
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Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 65.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 441); common length : 40.0 cm BASL male/unsexed; (Ref. 441); max. published weight: 6.0 kg (Ref. 4)

Benthic; depth range 0 - 150 m (Ref. 4), usually ? - 50 m (Ref. 4)

Climate / Range
Subtropical, preferred 12°C (Ref. 107945); 69°N - 29°N, 28°W - 32°E (Ref. 4)

Northeast Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea. Not in east of Crete and in the Baltic Sea.
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Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common total length: 23 to 50 cm. Occurs on the continental shelf at depths of 0 to 150 m, usually not deeper than 50 m. Found on hard substrates such as rock or hard mud. Nocturnal and territorial living in holes or crevices. Females with eggs are usually found throughout the year. The eggs are laid around July and carried for 10 to 11 months (Ref. 4). Indiscriminate scavengers, omnivorous or carnivorous. Feeds primarily on malacostracan crustaceans, gastropod molluscs, and polychaete annelids; but diet known to include carrion, echinoderms, lamellibranchs and plant matter (Ref. 96319). Females with eggs are usually found throughout the year. The eggs are laid around July and carried for 10 to 11 months (Ref. 4). Coupling occurs a few days after the female molts (Ref. 80921). Relative reproductive potential (size class in population with most potential to produce eggs) modal size class is 9.6-10.0 cm CL (Ref. 80930).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses
Fisheries: highly commercial; aquaculture: experimental
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high