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spiny lobster The spiny lobster, Panulirus argus, is Florida's largest commercial fishery. They lack the giant claws of their cold-water cousins, but do have sharp spines and cryptic coloration that help protect them from predators such as moray eels and nurse sharks. Although several other lobster species are found in reserve waters, the spiny lobster is a tropical species found in extreme south Florida and throughout the Caribbean. The specimen in our tank was donated to Rookery Bay Reserve by FWC.

Learn more about spiny lobsters.


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