Palinurus (genus)

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Temporal range: Albian–Recent
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Palinurus elephas
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Achelata
Family: Palinuridae
Genus: Palinurus
Weber, 1795
Type species
Astacus elephas
Fabricius, 1787 [1]

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Palinurus is a genus of spiny lobsters in the family Palinuridae. A 110-million-year-old fossil, recognisable as a member of the genus Palinurus, was discovered in a quarry in El Espinal in Mexico's Chiapas state in 1995 and named P. palaciosi.[2][3]


This is a complete list of extant species:[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Lipke Holthuis (1991). FAO species catalogue Vol. 13: Marine lobsters of the world. FAO. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. 
  2. ^ Victoria Jaggard (May 3, 2007). "Oldest Lobster Fossil Found in Mexico". National Geographic News. 
  3. ^ Francisco J. Vega; Pedro García-Barrera; María del Carmen Perrilliat; Marco A. Coutiño; Ricardo Mariño-Pérez (2006). "El Espinal, a new plattenkalk facies locality from the Lower Cretaceous Sierra Madre Formation, Chiapas, southeastern Mexico" (PDF). Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas. 23 (3): 323–333. 
  4. ^ "Palinurus Weber, 1795". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ John Yeld (September 11, 2006). "Scientists find new giant lobster species". Cape Argus. p. 3.