Let's Call the Spiny Lobster "Spiny Lobster"

Let's Call the Spiny Lobster "Spiny Lobster" 109 LET'S CALL THE SPINY LOBSTER "SPINY LOBSTER" BY HAROLD W. SIMS, Jr. Florida Board of Conservation, Marine Laboratory, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A. 1) In reviewing the literature on the spiny lobsters of the world I find a never- ending multiple usage of common names for the animals. If we refer to papers by Chace & Dumont, 1949, Wilson, 1952, Smith, 1958, Dees, 1961 and others too numerous to mention, we find the animals given such names as spiny lobster, rock lobster, sea crayfish, langosta, langouste, royal langouste, kreef, thorny lobster, red crab and long oyster. However, these names pale to insignificance when compared with the double usage of the names crayfish and crawfish. One never knows for sure when one finds an article on the crayfish of area X if the article refers to a palinurid or to some member of the Astacidae. The freshwater biologists for the most part refer to the astacid they work with as a crayfish but there are some who like to call it a "crawfish." For example, the late Dr. G. H. Penn was a champion for the use of the word "crawfish" for the American astacids, and "crayfish" for the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Crustaceana Brill

Let's Call the Spiny Lobster "Spiny Lobster"

Crustaceana, Volume 8 (1): 109 – Jan 1, 1965

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Brill
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© 1965 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0011-216x
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1568-5403
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10.1163/156854065X00613
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109 LET'S CALL THE SPINY LOBSTER "SPINY LOBSTER" BY HAROLD W. SIMS, Jr. Florida Board of Conservation, Marine Laboratory, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A. 1) In reviewing the literature on the spiny lobsters of the world I find a never- ending multiple usage of common names for the animals. If we refer to papers by Chace & Dumont, 1949, Wilson, 1952, Smith, 1958, Dees, 1961 and others too numerous to mention, we find the animals given such names as spiny lobster, rock lobster, sea crayfish, langosta, langouste, royal langouste, kreef, thorny lobster, red crab and long oyster. However, these names pale to insignificance when compared with the double usage of the names crayfish and crawfish. One never knows for sure when one finds an article on the crayfish of area X if the article refers to a palinurid or to some member of the Astacidae. The freshwater biologists for the most part refer to the astacid they work with as a crayfish but there are some who like to call it a "crawfish." For example, the late Dr. G. H. Penn was a champion for the use of the word "crawfish" for the American astacids, and "crayfish" for the

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Published: Jan 1, 1965

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