Panulirus longipes longipes   (A. Milne Edwards,  1868) (Spiny Lobster)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size:Maximum body length 30 cm; average body length 20 to 25 cm; carapace length of females with eggs 5.5 to 7 cm.

Color: Ground color variable from brown through blue to indigo; carapace and tail covered with numerous medium-sized pale spots, and a central darker region on the carapace; antennal and antennular flagella crossbanded; legs with spots of white and lines of yellow in between.

Carapace rounded, covered with numerous spines of varying size. Flagella of antennules longer than peduncle, rostrum absent; bases of antennae separated by a broad antennular plate bearing 1 pair of principal spines followed by some scattered minor spines. Each abdominal segment with a complete transverse groove joining the pleural groove. Legs 1 to 4 without pincers.

The animals are solitary or occur in pairs and are strictly nocturnal, moving about especially in moonlit nights.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Longlegged Spiny Lobster (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Dried specimens marketed)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• South Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

Page last updated on:2010-11-04

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