Nephropsis stewarti   Wood-Mason,  1872 (Lobster)
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Class: Malacostraca

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Size: Male - Body length 67 to 113 mm; carapace length 19 to 31 mm.
Female - Body length 58 to 158 mm; carapace length 17 to 54 mm.

Weight: 3.5 to 21 g (male); 3.8 to 54 g (female).

Color: generally pink or red, rather variable.

A small lobster. Body cylindrical, pubescent; carapace granular, with a well developed median rostrum armed with 1 pair of lateral spines; a single spine behind each eye. Eyes very small, lacking pigment; antennae long and whip-like; antennal scales absent. Tail powerful, without a dorsal ridge; with a well developed fan, the outer blade of which shows a transverse fissure; pleura (lateral projections) of second abdominal segment triangular, without spines on front edge. First 3 pairs of legs ending in true pincers, the first pair rather stout with short, very hairy (woolly) fingers.

Males are heavier than females of the same length.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Lobsters (English)
• Indian Ocean Lobsterette (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Demersal, Muddy
Predator:  Finfish (Galeus nipponensis)


• Off North Kerala INDIA (Record: 2000-2006) (Depth: 250-500 mts)
• South Karnataka INDIA (Record: 2000-2006) (Depth: 250-500 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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