Palinurus charlestoni Forest & Postel, 1964
Cape Verde spiny lobster
Palinurus charlestoni
photo by FAO

Family:  Palinuridae (spiny lobsters)
Max. size:  50 cm BL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 50 - 350 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: Endemic to Cape Verde Islands.
Biology:  Maximum depth from Ref. 106816. Found on steep rocky bottoms (Ref. 106816). In general, palinurids are mainly considered carnivores, usually feeding upon sluggish, easily captured animals where most material is eaten alive or freshly killed (Ref. 105260). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 03 December 2009 Ref. (120744)
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 11.12.05
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 29.04.20

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