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Metanephrops mozambicus   Macpherson, 1990

African lobster

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Nephropidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; depth range 180 - 750 m (Ref. 106911), usually 400 - 500 m (Ref. 106911).  Tropical, preferred 26°C (Ref. 107945); 3°S - 33°S, 31°E - 46°E (Ref. 4)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Southwest Atlantic and Indo-West Pacific: from Kenya to Natal.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 1.0, range 1 - ? cm Max length : 20.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 122061); 20 cm TL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It has a maximum total length of 20.5 cm (male) and 20 cm (female); and carapace lengths of 4.5 to 8.8 cm (male) and 3.7 to 8.3 (female). Minimum depth range from Ref. 122059. Occurs at depths from 200 to 750 m, but most common between 400 and 500 m (Ref. 4). Occurs along the edge of the continental slope on soft muddy substrata (Ref. 106911).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Ovigerous females between December and June (Ref. 4).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Holthuis, L.B. 1991. (Ref. 4)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 03 December 2009

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Fisheries: ; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 10 - 12.3, mean 11.4 (based on 9 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Low vulnerability (11 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
High