I am a Rock Lobster, king of the CRUSTACEAN family.
Jasus Ialandii


West Coast Rock Lobster -
(Jasus Ialandii)
The most important commercial rock lobster in southern Africa. They are sometimes called crayfish, but lobsters live in salt water and crayfish in freshwater.


Lobster is the name of a number of animals that live on the bottom of the ocean. They are crustaceans, hard-shelled animals with segmented bodies and jointed legs. People around the world prize lobsters for their tasty white meat. Great quantities of these animals are harvested from the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean each year.  


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They have a orange-brown body and an orange with blue and green tail-fan. The thorax is covered with spines, and the front of the carapace has two large spines and a central projection (rostrum) between the eyes. From this they are also known as spiny lobsters. The head bears two pairs of antennae; the eyes are compound, and the tail is fanlike.  


The female lays many thousands of eggs, usually once every two years, and the tiny young drift and swim for almost up to a year before settling on the bottom. They grow by molting and may live for about 15 years. All lobsters are primarily scavengers.

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I have a long history, click here to read more about it. The spiny lobsters, or rock lobsters (left picture), sometimes referred to only as lobsters, lack the enlarged claws of the true lobsters (right picture). Various species of spiny lobsters occur around the world. Commercial catches originate largely in the waters off South Africa and South-West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, Brazil, Cuba, the United States, Mexico, and the Bahamas. I make some nice meals, want to know more? Click here.

Did you know?

  • Rock Lobsters prefer reefs for shelter. - more?
  • Spiny lobsters is a general name given to about four dozen species of clawless lobsters.
  • Female lobsters are prized by many for their delectable corel (eggs).
  • Also considered a delicacy is a lobster's tomalley (liver).
  • Water pollution, both natural and man-made, and habitat loss are the key threats.
  • Almost all of the meat is in the tail of the lobster, because the spiny lobster has no claws.
  • Lobsters are normally sold as live lobsters or just the frozen tails.
  • Because bacteria form quickly in a dead lobster, it is important that it is alive when you buy it.


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