• Maine Lobster

    Category: Sea Life

    The Maine lobster is a highly sought after type of lobster that is found on the eastern coast of North America. This lobster is known by several other names, including American lobster, true lobster and northern lobster. This lobster is considered one of the largest crustaceans in the world, as it can weigh up to 44 pounds.

    Maine Lobster

    Maine Lobster

    Scientific & Common Names

    Kingdom - Animalia

    Phylum - Arthropoda

    Subphylum - Crustacea

    Class - Malacostraca

    Order - Decapoda

    Family - Nephropidae

    Genus - Homarus

    Species - H. americanus

    Common Names - Maine Lobster, American Lobster, True Lobster, Northern Lobster, Canadian Red, Canadian Lobster, Atlantic Lobster

    Characteristics

    The Maine lobster is one of the largest crustaceans in the world. This lobster can grow up to 25 inches and weigh up to 44 pounds. The Maine lobster is usually bluish green or brown with red spines. However, this gives the lobster a reddish appearance, and as a result, this lobster is depicted as red in color in photos and other art. In actuality, it is extremely rare to catch a lobster that is naturally red.

    Breeding

    The Maine lobster has a long breeding cycle. Once eggs are laid by the female and are fertilized by the male Maine lobster, it can take 10 to 11 months for these eggs to hatch. Eggs are usually laid in July or August and hatch the following May or June.

    Behavior

    The Maine lobster lives in shallow, cool waters. It prefers rocky terrain, which gives it lots of places to hide from predators. The Maine lobster eats mollusks, herring and other crustaceans. This lobster is also very smart; estimates show that only about 6% of Maine lobsters that enter live traps to find food are actually caught and trapped.

    History

    The Maine lobster was first documented in 1775. It can be found all along the eastern coast of North America, from Labrador to as far south as New Jersey. This lobster is the largest crustacean in the world and is a delicacy for humans.

    Present status

    The Maine lobster is not in danger of extinction. This lobster is a highly sought after delicacy and is enjoyed by many humans.

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