Jasus novaehollandiae Holthuis, 1963
southern rock lobster
photo by FAO

Family:  Palinuridae (spiny lobsters)
Max. size:  51 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 90 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Australia.
Biology:  It has a maximum total body length of 51 cm; a maximum carapace length of 20 cm; and the ovigerous females carapace length of 5 to 16 cm (Ref. 4). Occurs at depths of 0 to 90 m (seldom at 150 m) on rocky substrate, especially on rocky onshore reefs with sufficient hiding places. It is gregarious and nocturnal. It is carnivorous and feeds on small crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms (Ref. 4). Mating and egg-laying occurs from May to July after the moult of the female; hatching between July and December of even later (Ref. 4).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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