While surfing this site, you will discover the American lobster and its sometimes surprising characteristics. You will learn where the lobster lives, how it grows, and what it eats. You will also discover the history of lobster fishing, and how it is managed today. Furthermore, you will learn that it is not the only species in the great lobster family. In fact, many of its relatives throughout the world are sometimes quite different from the North American lobster.

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American Lobster


What is a lobster?

Lobsters living along Canadian and American coasts are generally called "American lobster". They represent a highly valued commercial species.

In the classification of animal species, lobsters belong to the following::

  • Invertebrate group, because they don't have a spine or internal skeleton.
  • Arthropod subphylum, because of their articulated legs.
  • Shellfish class, because of their carapace, which is their external skeleton.
  • Decapods order, because of their five pairs of legs (10 legs in all).
  • Nephropids family.
  • Homarus genus.

The Latin name (or scientific name) for American lobster is Homarus americanus. The name americanus corresponds to the name given to the lobster species.