Puerulus sewelli   Ramadan,  1938 (Lobster)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Maximum total body length about 20 cm; maximum carapace length about 8 cm; average total body length about 15 cm.

Carapace angular, with a median arid 2 lateral tuberculate longitudinal ridges behind the transverse cervica groove, and 3 pairs of ridges in front (the first pair submedian, converging anteriorly and posteriorly; the second originating behind the frontal horns and the third behind the antennal bases); median postcervical ridge with 8 small teeth (5 postcervical followed by 3 intestinal; frontal horns compressed and sharply pointed, with a single, small, sharp tooth on basal part of anterior margin; surface of carapace covered with scattered granules, and larger tubercles or teeth on the ridges. Antennules slightly over reaching antennal peduncle, with 2 short flagella, which are about as long as distal segment of antennular peduncle; antennular plate present, without spines, forming stridulating organs with the antennal peduncle; basal part of antennal peduncle with a large, rounded, ciliated lobe on inner margin. Tail powerful, segments 1 to 3 with a low, tuberculate median longitudinal ridge, 6th segment with 2 submedian, tuberculate ridges. Surface of abdominal segments with some sculpturation, and with at most 2 transverse grooves; pleura ending in 1 or 2 sharp teeth. Legs 1 to 4 without pincers.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Whip Lobster (English)
• Arabian Whip Lobster (English)
• Deep-sea Yellow Lobster (English)
• Singi eral
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed frozen)

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari INDIA (Depth: 200-400 mts)
• Kerala, Trivandrum INDIA (Depth: 200-300 mts)
• Lakshadweep INDIA (Depth: 660-840 mts)
• South West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Karnataka, Off Mangalore INDIA (Record: 2001-2007) (Depth: 150 mts)

Literature Source(s)
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