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Petrarctus brevicornis   (Holthuis, 1946)

Blue-back locust lobster

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Petrarctus brevicornis  AquaMaps  Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Malacostraca | Decapoda | Scyllaridae

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

Benthic; depth range 60 - 504 m (Ref. 4).  Subtropical; 35°N - 21°N, 118°E - 134°E (Ref. 4)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Western Pacific.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 1.8 cm CL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89665); common length : 5.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4)

Short description Morphology

Carapace with 2 distinct teeth in the median line before the cervical groove (the gastric and rostral teeth), the pregastric tooth is absent. The region between the postrostral and branchial carinae with only a few tubercles and extensive smooth areas. Abdominal somites 2 to 5 with distinct elevated median longitudinal carina; the carina of the third somite is distinctly higher than that of the other somites. The exposed part of the somites without arborescent pattern, but with a wide transverse groove over the middle; behind this groove a transverse ridge extends along the posterior margin of the somite; before the groove there are tubercles and some wide side grooves. Somite 1 dorsally smooth with only an indication of a transverse groove in the extreme lateral part. Posterior margin of somites 5 and 6 not tuberculate. Fourth segment of antenna with the median oblique carina distinct but not quite straight; a row of tubercles is present on the outer half of the upper surface of the segment, tubercles are also present in the basal part of the median carina. The outer margin of the fourth segment has 3 or 4 teeth, the basal which is the largest (the apical tooth not included in these counts). The thoracic sternum is widely U-shapedly incised anteriorly; the last 4 sternites show an inconspicuous median tubercle. A dorsal fringe of hairs is present on the dactyli of pereiopods 3 to 5. Colour: dark brown above, tubercles slightly paler, sometimes with whitish areas in the branchial region and along the central part of the cervical groove. A dark blue spot in the median part of the first abdominal somite (Ref. 252).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

It has lengths of 4 to 5.5. cm, total body length; 1.3 to 1.8 cm and 1.6 to 1.8 cm (ovigerous females), carapace length (Ref. 4). Maximum depth from Ref. 99823. Occurs at a depth range from 60 to 150 m with substrates of sand or mud (Ref. 4).

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

Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

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

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)

  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: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 13.1 - 21.1, mean 18.8 (based on 53 cells).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Very high.