Palinurus barbarae

Palinurus barbarae

Palinurus barbarae is a species of spiny lobster described in 2006, which was found by fisherman working the waters above the Walters Shoals, a series of submerged mountains 700 km south of Madagascar. The lobster weighs 4 kg and reaches up to 40 cm long excluding the long antennae, and is similar to P. delagoae, found off South Africa, from which it may be differentiated by a number of characters including the larger number of spines. There are fears that the species, which lives in an area outside any country's jurisdiction may now be exploited or that it has already been brought near to extinction by overfishing.

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