Published on: 01/01/91
Marine lobsters of the world
The growth of the lobster Nephrops norvegicus (L.) in laboratory tanks was studied. The moult increments of males and females were not significantly different. The growth per moult was of the progressive geometric type throughout the life of the lobster, including the larval instars. Moulting in both the laboratory and the natural population occurred throughout the year in males, but there was a peak of moulting activity in females from June to August. There was no indication of a terminal anecdysis. Size-frequency histograms from monthly samples taken 10 to 20 miles south-west of the Isle of }Inn over a period of 21/2 years provided data on the growth of the year classes. It is possible to recognise the year classes in females at least, until the lobsters are 3 to 4 years old. Instar deter- mination based on the numbers of aesthetasc-bearing segments of the antennule and on the numbers of lamellae in the endo- cuticle was unsuccessful. Estimates of the numbers of moults occurring in each year, and the expected mean sizes of the year classes are given.