First record of the Sculptured Mitten Lobster Parribacus antarcticus (Crustacea, Decapoda, Scyllaridae) from the Cabo Verde Islands (eastern Atlantic)


  • Rui Freitas Faculdade de Engenharia e Ciências Marinhas, Universidade de Cabo Verde, CP 163 Mindelo, Cabo Verde
  • Peter Wirtz Centro de Ciências do Mar, Universidade do Algarve, PT-8005-139 Faro, Portugal



The lobster genus Parribacus contains six living  and one fossil species (Holthuis 1991; Chan 2010; Nyborg & Garassino 2017). In the Atlantic Ocean, only one living species is known, Parribacus antarcticus (Lund, 1793); it has been recorded in the western Atlantic from Florida to Brazil and recently also from the mid-Atlantic island of Ascension (Brown et al. 2016). It is nocturnal and is often found hiding in crevices during daytime (Holthuis 1991). We here note the presence of Parribacus antarcticus at the Cabo Verde Islands, the first record of the species from the eastern Atlantic.