Southern Rock Lobster

Jasus edwardsii (Hutton, 1875)

Commonly called crayfish or crays they are a well-known and popular species amongst recreation and commercial fishers and as such are subject to limited season for fishing and a license is required to take these from the wild.

The southern Rock Lobster is a species of spiny lobster and whilst they are named after and resemble lobsters they lack the large pincers that are characteristic of lobsters.

During the day they can be found hiding under rocks and in crevices whilst at night they are more active as they move about to feed.

How to identify Jasus edwardsii?

They are red to orange in colour with a spiny carapace

What habitats does Jasus edwardsii live in?

Rocky reefs to a depth of 200m

What is the distribution of Jasus edwardsii?

Southern Australia and New Zealand

How big does Jasus edwardsii grow?

Can grow up to around 70cm long head to tail tip and can often exceed 8kg in underfished areas

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