West Coast Rock Lobster

Introduction: The West Coast rock lobsters (Jasus lalandii) are also known as spiny lobsters, langouste and especially in Namibia, crayfish. Spiny lobsters can be easily distinguished from other lobsters by their very long, thick, spiny antennae and by the lack of claws (chelae) on the first 4 pairs of walking legs. They live in crevices of rocks and coral reefs. Around 30mm in size they have orange-brown bodies with orange, blue and green tail-fans. Like all true lobsters, they are a favoured food source. Relatives include furry lobsters and slipper lobsters.

Distribution: The west coast rock lobster inhabits the warm seas and coastal waters of Namibia from the mouth of the Orange River north to Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Food: mussels, barnacles and urchins

Size: 30mm

Prey: octopus, Cape fur seals and dogsharks

Marine life of Namibia Wildlife of Namibia

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