Southern Rock Lobster

Jasus edwardsii

Jasus edwardsii - Southern Rock Lobster
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Size: 20 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Rocky reef under rock ledges

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

An important commercial species, the Southern Rock Lobster is usually a reddish-orange colour when encountered in shallower waters. It is large, growing to around 20 cm in length, and can be recognised by its spiny carapace and the two large horns that project forward from the carapace. This animal has been reclassified several times, and is now understood to be the same species as the New Zealand rock lobster.