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(Bouvier, 1895)

Diagnosis:
Antennular plate with 4 spines. Third maxilliped without exopod. Surface of abdominal somites smooth and naked, without transverse grooves.
Colour: abdominal somites 1 to 3 with a narrow transverse whitish line just before posterior margin; somites 4 to 6 with a transverse row of rather large whitish spots there.

Type:
Type locality of P. inflatus and P. digueti: "Basse Californie" (= Baja California, Mexico). Type specimens in MP, no. Pa 412 (27 cm long), Pa 446 (23 cm) both dry in rather good condition and labelled P. digueti.

Geographical Distribution:
Eastern Pacific region: west coast of Mexico from Baja California to Puerto Angel (Oaxaca); a record from San Diego, California, USA, needs verification.

Habitat and Biology:
Sublittoral to 30 m deep; on rocky, rarely ravelly bottom.

Size:
Maximum carapace length 15.5 cm, but usually not more than 12 cm; the corresponding total body lengths are respectively 38 and 30 cm.

Interest to Fisheries:
The species is of interest to fishery throughout its range, although mostly used for local consumption. It is caught by hand and with gill nets, and sold fresh or frozen.

Blue spiny lobster (Panulirus inflatus)