American Clawed Lobster

Scientific Name: Homarus americanus

American Clawed Lobster
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The American Clawed Lobster is also known as the Atlantic Lobster or Maine Lobster. They can be found along the North Atlantic coast of North America. Lobsters are large marine crustaceans. They are closely related shrimp and crabs. They are also related to insects!They have ten legs, with their front legs consisting of large, unequal sized claws. American Clawed Lobsters can grow to be about two feet in length. They are usually olive green to brownish in color. Lobsters turn bright red when they are cooked.

Lobsters are bottom-dwelling animals. They have poor eyesight, but very good senses of taste and smell. They are nocturnal and have sense organs in their legs to detect food when no light is present.

Lobsters are scavengers and predators. They will eat just about anything they can find on the bottom of the ocean, like to fish, small crustaceans, mollusks, algae and other plants, detritus and even other lobsters.

Adult lobsters molt three or four times a year. Since they have exoskeletons, molting is what allows them to grow. A new soft shell grows under their old hard carapace.

Additional Liks

http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=533
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/lobster/
http://www.edc.uri.edu/restoration/html/gallery/invert/amerl.htm
http://www.parl.ns.ca/lobster/overview.htm

References

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