Malacostraca | Decapoda
Holthuis, L.B. 1991. (Ref. 4)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 16.0 cm BL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4); 31 cm BL (female)
Benthic; depth range 50 - 360 m (Ref. 4)
Climate / Range
Subtropical; 24°S - 36°S, 17°E - 48°E (Ref. 4)
Western Indian Ocean and Southeast Atlantic: South Africa and Madagascar.
Carapace length: 3 to 13 cm, carapace length; common carapace length: 6 to 10 cm (Ref. 4). Minimum depth from Ref. 106916. Found in deep shelf waters from depth of 50 to 200 m (Ref. 106916). Inhabits rocky areas and shelters in the crevices of the rocks (Ref. 4). In general, palinurids are mainly considered carnivores, usually feeding upon sluggish, easily captured animals where most material is eaten alive or freshly killed (Ref. 105260). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models
Low vulnerability (10 of 100)