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Palinurus elephas 
(Mediterranean lobster)





Length:
Up to 45 cm (usually up to 40 cm).

Distribution: Northern Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea.

Depth: During summer months it can be found at depths less than 1 m.

Food: Small worms or crabs or dead animals. In the aquarium it is easily fed with large pieces of frozen food, but earthworms, lean beef heart and tablet food can be given occasionally.

General info: Family: PALINURIDAE. Nocturnal species. During the day will hide in caves or under rocks. It is the preferred food of octopus. If kept in a tank, special care should be taken to house him with big fish only and no invertebrates. Elevated nitrate levels will inhibit molting and the lobster will die. As with all Mediterranean species, the temperature should stay below 24C during the summer while it should be below 18C during the winter months. In Western Mediterranean they spawn in September and October although there have been no reports of them spawning in captivity.

Photo by George Rigoutsos. Taken in the waters that surround Syros island in Cyclades, Greece.

 

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