Maine Lobster

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Maine Lobster

The Maine lobster is a highly sought after type of lobster that is found on the eastern coast of North America. This lobster is known by several other names, including American lobster, true lobster and northern lobster. This lobster is considered one of the largest crustaceans in the world, as it can weigh up to 44 pounds.


Content List

1. Scientific & Common Names

2. Characteristics

a. Breeding

b. Behavior

3. History

4. Present Status

5. References


Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Arthropoda

Subphylum - Crustacea

Class - Malacostraca

Order - Decapoda

Family - Nephropidae

Genus - Homarus

Species - H. americanus

Common Names - Maine Lobster, American Lobster, True Lobster, Northern Lobster, Canadian Red, Canadian Lobster, Atlantic Lobster


Characteristics

The Maine lobster is one of the largest crustaceans in the world. This lobster can grow up to 25 inches and weigh up to 44 pounds. The Maine lobster is usually bluish green or brown with red spines. However, this gives the lobster a reddish appearance, and as a result, this lobster is depicted as red in color in photos and other art. In actuality, it is extremely rare to catch a lobster that is naturally red.


Breeding

The Maine lobster has a long breeding cycle. Once eggs are laid by the female and are fertilized by the male Maine lobster, it can take 10 to 11 months for these eggs to hatch. Eggs are usually laid in July or August and hatch the following May or June.


Behavior

The Maine lobster lives in shallow, cool waters. It prefers rocky terrain, which gives it lots of places to hide from predators. The Maine lobster eats mollusks, herring and other crustaceans. This lobster is also very smart; estimates show that only about 6% of Maine lobsters that enter live traps to find food are actually caught and trapped.


History

The Maine lobster was first documented in 1775. It can be found all along the eastern coast of North America, from Labrador to as far south as New Jersey. This lobster is the largest crustacean in the world and is a delicacy for humans.


Present Status

The Maine lobster is not in danger of extinction. This lobster is a highly sought after delicacy and is enjoyed by many humans.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_lobster

http://www.visitmaine.net/page/11/maine-lobster

http://www.aalobster.com/Facts-about-Maine-Lobster-and-FAQ.html

http://maine-lobster.com/lobster-facts

http://www.50states.com/facts/maine.htm#.U-w9nvldUsA

http://marinelife.about.com/od/invertebrates/tp/LobsterFacts.htm