Among the 20 genera and at least 88 species constituting the four subfamilies of Scyllaridae, only members of four genera, Thenus (Theninae), Scyllarides (Arctidinae), Ibacus and Parribacus (Ibacinae), form any kind of signifi cant fishery because of the large size of individuals. Although scientific knowledge on commercial slipper lobsters has increased considerably in the recent few decades, it is still limited compared with that for commercially valuable spiny and clawed lobsters and is based on studies from a handful of species. The present chapter presents the current available knowledge on the taxonomy, anatomy, distribution, ecology, life history, behaviour, and fisheries of commercial scyllarids belonging to the above four genera. While some advances had been made in aquaculture of one species (Thenus orientalis) insuffi cient information on slipper lobster biology and ecology, lack of fisheries regulations and trends of reduced annual production of several exploited taxa call for the need for focused studies on these lobsters.
|Title of host publication||Lobsters: Biology, Management, Aquaculture & Fisheries: Second Edition|
|Number of pages||53|
|State||Published - 29 Jul 2013|
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© 2006, 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- Life history
- Slipper lobsters
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Engineering (all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)