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Panulirus interruptus
Scientific classification

White, 1847
Type species
Panulirus japonicus
(Von Siebold, 1824) [1]

Panulirus is a genus of spiny lobsters in the family Palinuridae, including those species which have long flagella on their first antennae.[1]


It contains the following species:[2]

Image Name Common name Distribution
Panulirus argus.jpg Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804) Caribbean spiny lobster western Atlantic Ocean
Panulirus brunneiflagellum by OpenCage.jpg Panulirus brunneiflagellum Sekiguchi & George, 2005 Ogasawara Group (Bonin Islands) of southern Japan
Panulirus cygnus juv 01 gnangarra (cropped).jpg Panulirus cygnus George, 1962 western rock lobster. west coast of Australia
Panulirus echinatus.jpg Panulirus echinatus Smith, 1869 brown spiny lobster tropical western Atlantic Ocean and central Atlantic Islands.
Panulirus femoristriga Landaagiraavaru.JPG Panulirus femoristriga (von Martens, 1872) stripe-leg spiny lobster Indo-Pacific.
Langosta verde - Panulirus gracilis.jpg Panulirus gracilis Streets, 1871 green spiny lobster Eastern Pacific: From Baja California Sur to the west coast of Peru and the Galapagos Islands.
Washington DC Zoo - Panulirus guttatus 1.jpg Panulirus guttatus (Latreille, 1804) spotted spiny lobster or Guinea chick lobster western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Its range extends from Bermuda, the Bahamas, southern Florida and the West Indies, to Curaçao, Bonaire, Los Roques and Suriname
Panulirus homarus 130.jpg Panulirus homarus (Linnaeus, 1758) coasts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans
Panulirus inflatus (Bouvier, 1895) blue spiny lobster Eastern Central Pacific: Mexico.
California Spiny Lobster.jpg Panulirus interruptus (Randall, 1840) California spiny lobster eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico.
Panulirus japonicus3.jpg Panulirus japonicus (von Siebold, 1824) Japanese spiny lobster the Pacific Ocean around Japan, China, and Korea.
Panulirus laevicauda (Latreille, 1817) smoothtail spiny lobster Western Atlantic
Panulirus longipes Réunion.JPG Panulirus longipes (A. Milne-Edwards, 1868) longlegged spiny lobster tropical Indo-Pacific
Panulirus marginatus.jpg Panulirus marginatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825) Hawaiian Islands
Panulirus meripurpuratus (Giraldes & Smyth,2016) Pernambuco state, northeastern coast of Brazil.
CSIRO ScienceImage 2518 Ornate Lobster.jpg Panulirus ornatus (Fabricius, 1798) tropical rock lobster, ornate rock lobster, ornate spiny lobster and ornate tropical rock lobster Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and KwaZulu-Natal in the west to Japan and Fiji in the east
Reef4558 - Flickr - NOAA Photo Library.jpg Panulirus pascuensis Reed, 1954 Easter Island spiny lobster Easter Island and the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean
Panulirus penicillatus Réunion.jpg Panulirus penicillatus (Olivier, 1791) variegated crayfish, tufted spiny lobster, spiny lobster, Socorro spiny lobster, red lobster, pronghorn spiny lobster, golden rock lobster, double spined rock lobster and coral cray tropical Indo-Pacific region
Panulirus polyphagus (Herbst, 1793) mud spiny lobster tropical Indo-Pacific region.
Panulirus regius De Brito Capello, 1864 royal spiny lobster Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean
Panulirus stimpsoni Holthuis, 1963 Chinese spiny lobster Indo-West Pacific
Panulirus versicolor.jpg Panulirus versicolor (Latreille, 1804) painted rock lobster, common rock lobster, bamboo lobster, blue lobster, and blue spiny lobster western Pacific and the Indian Ocean


  1. ^ a b Lipke B. Holthuis (1991). "Panulirus". FAO Species Catalogue, Volume 13. Marine Lobsters of the World. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Food and Agriculture Organization. ISBN 92-5-103027-8. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07.
  2. ^ Tin-Yam Chan & Michael Türkay (2010). "Panulirus White, 1847". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved January 11, 2012.

External links[edit]

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