AnAge entry for Homarus americanus
Classification (HAGRID: 00012)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Taxon entry)
- Homarus americanus
- Common name
- American lobster
Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits
- Maximum longevity
- 100 years (wild)
- ref. 2
- Sample size
- Data quality
Lobsters grow throughout their lifespan. Molting appears to prevent the accumulation of wear and tear. The biggest lobsters ever caught have been estimated to be at least 50-100 years old, and may be even older. Egg production appears to increase with age. Therefore, this could be a species with negligible senescence , though further studies are necessary to confirm it.
Life history traits (averages)
- No information is available on life history. Please contact us if you wish to suggest or contribute data.
No information on metabolism is available.
-  Klapper et al. (1998), Longevity of lobsters is linked to ubiquitous telomerase expression (PubMed)
-  Caleb Finch (1990), Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome
-  Alex Comfort (1979), Ageing: The Biology of Senescence