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Forest and Postel, 1964

Diagnosis:
Carapace in adult male not swollen. Frontal horns with inner margins and anterior margin of carapace forming a V-shaped line. Carpus of first male leg with anterodorsal spine. Propodus of first pereiopod of male without anterodorsal spine. Abdominal somites with a single distinct transverse groove.
Colour a pink or reddish marbled with white; abdominal somites irregularly marbled. Legs ringed with whitish and pink.

Type:
Type locality: "Iles du Cap Vert, groupe nord, de St. Vincent à Sal, entre 180 et 200 m". Holotype male in MP, no. Pa. 331; paratype in MP, Pa. 84, Pa. 330; RMNH D. 19544. All type material in alcohol, in excellent condition.

Geographical Distribution:
So far known only from Cape Verde Islands.

Habitat and Biology:
Depth range from 50 to 300 m, perhaps deeper: on an uneven rocky bottom, sometimes on steep slopes.

Size:
Maximum total body length to 50 cm, average length to 40 cm.

Interest to Fisheries:
Minor. In 1963 the, first attempts were made for a commercial fishery, using lobster pots. In the most productive areas, two lobsters were caught per pot per day. Due to the rough bottom,the loss of pots was rather substantial. Longhurst (1970: 277) reported actual landings of 10 to 20 tons.

Cape Verde spiny lobster (Palinurus charlestoni)