Palinurus elephas

Habitat & distribution

Found on rocky substrata in 20-80m depth of water off the south and west coasts of the British Isles.

Threats

This once common species around the Cornish coastline has severely declined in numbers due to over-fishing, mainly by the use of bottom floating gill nets.

Conservation

The introduction of a minimum carapace length has helped in conservation of stock size. This species is on the UK List of Priority Species.