AnAge entry for Homarus americanus

Classification (HAGRID: 00009)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda (Taxon entry)
        Class: Malacostraca
            Order: Decapoda
                Family: Nephropidae
                    Genus: Homarus
Species
Homarus americanus
Common name
American lobster

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
100 years (wild)
Source
ref. 2
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

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 [0002], 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.

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 97314
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 6706
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