E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Homarus americanus H. Milne Edwards, 1837
American Lobster
Family: Nephropidae
Photo of species

© James Cosgrove  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #13390)

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Distribution of Homarus americanus in British Columbia
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The American Lobster is a species of the Atlantic Coast of Canada and the United States. There have been several attempts at introductions of this species in the province (1950's) and reported individual releases of lobsters since then. Observations of adult lobsters have been reported by divers from Saanich Inlet (Cosgrove pers. comm.2011) and Indian Arm (Lamb and Hanby 2005). However, there are no reports of wild established populations in BC (Lamb pers. comm. 2011).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Additional Photo Sources

Species References

Cosgrove, Jim. 2011. Personal communication. Email.

Lamb, Andy and Bernard Hanby. 2005. Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing, Victoria.

Lamb, Andy. 2011. Personal communication. Email.

Paille, Nathalie and Luc Bourassa. 2011. American Lobster Fact Sheet. St. Lawrence Global Observatory.

Van der Meeren, G. , Støttrup, J., Ulmestrand, M., Knutsen. J.A. 2006. Invasive Alien Species Fact Sheet – Homarus americanus. NOBANIS: Database of the North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species. Available Online

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2023-10-01 8:26:13 AM]
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