American lobster

American lobster

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Credit: PETER SCOONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: American lobster (Homarus americanus) on the seabed. This lobster inhabits the eastern coast of North America. It is nocturnal, hiding in a den by day and emerging at night to scavenge and feed on invertebrates. Its claws have evolved to perform specific tasks. One (centre right) has large teeth-like, flat surfaces used to crush its prey. The other claw (centre left) has fine teeth-like serrations used to cut and shred its food. It may grow up to a metre in length, but is now rare due to extensive fishing. Photographed in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.

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Keywords: american lobster, animal, bay of fundy, canada, canadian, crustacean, endangered, floor, homarus americanus, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, ocean, rare, sea, seabed, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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