Scyllarides herklotsii

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Scyllarides herklotsii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Scyllaridae
Genus: Scyllarides
Species: S. herklotsii
Binomial name
Scyllarides herklotsii
(Herklots, 1851) [2]

Scyllarus herklotsii Herklots, 1851

Scyllarides herklotsii is a species of slipper lobster from the Atlantic coast West Africa. It is edible, but is not commercially fished, and is taken only by accident.[3]

S. herklotsii was named in 1851 by Jan Adrian (or Janus Adrianus) Herklots in a doctoral thesis at the University of Leiden;[4] the type material came from Butre, Ghana,[3] and is stored at the Dutch Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum.[5] The species is found from Senegal, where its range overlaps slightly with that of Scyllarides latus, south to Ponta do Pinda, Angola. It usually lives at depths of 5–70 metres (16–230 ft), but has been recorded from depths as great as 200 m (660 ft).[3] It prefers sandy and rocky substrates.[3]

Scyllarides herklotsii reaches a total length of 32 centimetres (13 in), but does not generally exceed 25 cm (9.8 in) long.[3] It may be differentiated from S. latus by the lower, more rounded nature of the tubercles on the carapace.[3]


  1. ^ A. Cockcroft; A. MacDiarmid & M. Butler (2009). "Scyllarides herklotsii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Scyllarides herklotsii (Herklots, 1851)". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Lipke B. Holthuis (1991). "Scyllarides herklotsii". FAO Species Catalogue, Volume 13. Marine Lobsters of the World. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Food and Agriculture Organization. ISBN 92-5-103027-8. 
  4. ^ Janus Adrianus Herklots (1851). Additamenta ad faunam carcinologicam Africae occidentalis (Doctor of Philosophy thesis). Academia Lugduno-Batava. 
  5. ^ Tin-Yam Chan & Charles Fransen (2010). "Scyllarides herklotsii (Herklots, 1851)". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved May 12, 2011.