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Lobster Illustrated


Spiny Lobster (Palinuridae), watercolor pencils, watercolor and gouache

About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Smithsonian Institute

More about lobsters:

According to Wikipedia, although spiny lobsters and other crustaceans are referred to as lobsters, they are not closely related to the clawed lobsters (Nephropidae). The clawed lobsters are more closely related to reef lobsters and freshwater crayfish. Like crayfish, lobsters can both walk and swim. Spiny lobsters are found in warm saltwater and live on the ocean floor. They are distinguished from the clawed lobsters by the long antennae and lack of claws (chelae). Lobsters have a tough shell called an exoskeleton. They are invertebrates and cold-blooded. Lobsters moult as they grow, losing the old shell and growing a new one. They eat the old shell.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Achelata (slipper lobsters, spiny lobsters)
Family: Palinuridae

Also see:

Enchanted Learning: Lobsters (includes labeled anatomical illustration)
Wikipedia: Spiny Lobster

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