Whenever we think of Nephropidae, generally it is in a sentimental setting: at a candlelit table with the creatures heaped over a plate prepared for eating. It is a dish fit for rulers, heads, and so forth. It has a rich history of utilization. A few societies even considered the lobster a stimulant.

Furthermore, it improves the power and charms of men, while for ladies it upgraded origination. Lobsters show up in the artistry or old stories of numerous societies. For instance, the Romans depicted lobsters, alongside other eatable ocean animals, on mosaic floors that framed a piece of public and domestic decoration.

The mosaic dramatizations even described fights to-the-death among wily octopuses and lobsters. Head protectors worn by warriors deified the strength of the lobster. Around 1630, another Turkish head protector (helmet) known as the Zischägge or “lobster tail”.


Eastern Europe was also using it. It had covering steel plates over the neck guard, giving both ventilation and protection to the neck.

The bowl (cover of a head) was grooved and had a solitary movable nasal bar, like the most frontal part of the lobster. Nephropidae were not only, valued food items as well as had restorative worth during the Renaissance and Middle Ages.

Pulverized, roasted and broke up in wine, the lobster’s rostrum is served as a general solution for many urinary illnesses, and in addition for cleansing kidney stones.

The lobster meat was esteemed as a diuretic, similar to the juices produced using bubbling lobsters. Their gastrolith, a calcareous “shake” occur in the stomachs of lobsters getting ready to shed their shell, was utilized for eye irritations and as a solution for stomach hurts and epilepsy.


Scientific NameNephropidae
SynonymsCrustacean, shellfish. Invertebrate, or craw-fish

Vernacular Names

  • English: Crabs, Crayfish, shrimps
  • German: Zehnfußkrebse
  • Russian: Десятиногие
  • French: Crabes
  • Japanese: 十脚目


In North America, the American lobster did not accomplish notoriety until the mid-nineteenth century.  When Bostonians and New Yorkers built up a desire for it, and business lobster fisheries just prospered after the advancement of the lobster smack.

Besides this, a specially designed watercraft with open holding wells on the deck to keep all the lobsters alive amid transport.

Before this time, lobster was viewed as a characteristic of destitution or as a food for obligated workers or lower individuals from society in the Canadian Maritimes, Massachusetts, and Maine.

It has been proposed domestics indicated in business understandings that they would not eat lobster more than two times every week, anyway there is no proof for this.

The lobster was also normally served in jails, much to the disappointment of inmates. American lobster was at first considered commendable just of being utilized as fish bait or fertilizer, and until well into the twentieth century, it was not seen as in excess of a low-cost canned staple food.


As a shellfish, lobster remains a forbidden nourishment in the eating laws of Judaism and certain brooks of Islam, see additionally halal, kashrut, and list of halal and legitimate fish.


Moreover, Nephropidae was devoured mostly by the imperial and highborn groups of France and the Netherlands and is found in Dutch artistic creations of the sixteenth and seventeenth hundreds of years. In North America, the American lobster was plentiful to the point that they were utilized as garden manure.

Fossil Records of Nephropidae

However, the fossil record of clawed Nephropidae spreads back at least 140 million years ago to the Valanginian age of the Cretaceous.

Distinctive Features

Although lobsters arrive in multiple ranges of hues including blue, red, green, yellow, and purple. Lobster has turned out to be the most luxurious and expensive kinds of seafood for people all over the world.

The lobster populace has in this way extremely declined.


Two types of lobster have a place with the genre Homarus. The two of which are very common and of extraordinary profitable importance. Name of one species is Homarus americanus and the name of other one is Homarus gammarus.

Homarus americanus is normally known as the Northern lobster, American lobster, or the Maine Lobster. Similarly, Homarus gammarus is famous by its name, European lobster. It also occurs in the eastern Atlantic from Lofoten Islands (northwestern Norway) to the Azores and then Morocco from the low tide mark roughly to 150 meters.

However, it is generally not present significantly deeper than fifty meters. Furthermore, they are present in the northwestern areas of the Black Sea and also in some parts of the Mediterranean Sea.

Furthermore, the American lobster is the bigger of the two. Besides this, it occurs in the northwest Atlantic from Labrador to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina from the intertidal to 480 meters.

However, it is most basic from four to fifty meters. The immense chelae of the European and American lobsters deviate with one being huge with crusher hook. Similarly, the other being the little having shaper or seizer paw.


Nephropidae have long bodies with solid tails. Lobsters live in fissure or tunnels on the ocean bottom. Three of their five sets of legs have claws or hooks, including the first pair.

The first pair of legs is normally bigger than the other pairs.


Moreover, the term “lobster” usually refers to the pincer lobsters. Clawed lobsters do not firmly identify with spiny, sharp or shoe lobsters. They have no (chelae) hooks, or to squat lobsters. The nearest living relatives of ripped lobsters are the three groups of freshwater crawfish and reef lobsters.


You can find Lobsters in all seas. Favorite places of lobsters to live are Sea gardens and rocky beds. They live alone in the gaps between the rocks in oceans.

Lobsters are omnivores and commonly eat live prey, for example, mollusks, fish, different worms, and some vegetation. They hunt if needed, and are famous to turn to human flesh consumption in imprisonment.

On the other hand, when lobster skin is found in their own stomachs, this isn’t really proof of cannibalism. Lobsters eat their own skin after shedding. While human flesh consumption was nonexistent among wild lobster populaces, it was seen in 2012 by scientists examining wild lobsters in Maine.

These firstly known creatures of Nephropidae cannibalism in the wild are hypothesized to be ascribed to a nearby populace explosion amongst lobsters caused by the vanishing of huge numbers of the Maine lobsters’ common predators.

Food Habits

Clams are the favorite food of lobsters

Life Span

Moreover, the lifespan of lobsters ranges from 20-80 years.


  • Lobsters are less aggressive.
  • Their aggression is most common during feeding.

Communication & Reception

Lobsters pee from their faces or you can say mouth. Besides this, Nephropidae have urine-release nozzles under their eyes. Although, lobsters do urine in each other’s faces. This is their way of communicating, they do this even when mating or fighting.


Known Hazards

Furthermore, lobster eaten with some restraint is a healthy and solid source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Besides this, lobsters have some disadvantages also.

A 1-container serving has 71 percent of a whole day’s upper proposal of cholesterol and it contains 31 percent of sodium in it.

Health benefits

There are many health benefits of lobsters:

Heart Health

While lobster has a lot of sodium, which can affect heart wellbeing adversely, the other gainful fats found in lobster can do a lot to prevent atherosclerosis and irritation.

Boosts Energy

The best thing about this undersea delicacy is the high substance of protein that can be found inside that tasty meat. Lobster is a rich source of protein. Protein is a fundamental part of our eating regimen, as it can give us an energy boost.

Improves Cognition

There are various remarkable minerals and vitamins found in huge amounts in lobsters, including an essential B12, B vitamin, which is straightforwardly connected with keeping up nerve integrity.

Furthermore, it keeps your nervous system working appropriately.

Reduces Inflammation

It has been demonstrated that the protein and “great” fat substance found in this shellfish can really result in decreased irritation and inflammation inside the body.

Growth and Repair

As said above, lobster is a rich source of protein, which is the principal building block of our bodies. Therefore, by expanding protein consumption, we can manufacture new cells, strengthen the bones, repair harmed tissues and for the most part guarantee that the majority of our organ frameworks are working efficiently.

Medicinal Uses 

  • Lobsters can help you to protect against depression, thyroid disease and weakness.
  • Apples splashed with a substance got from the crab-shell material chitin stay tart, delicious and firm after over eight months in chilly storage, said Ernest Hayes of Nova Chem Ltd.
  • Furthermore, synthetic substances from lobster, crab and crawfish shells, now discarded by the several millions of tons consistently. That can be utilized to keep stored organic products crisp for a considerable length of time and to heal burn patients.

Similar Species

Species that are similar to the Nephropidae are:

Fun Facts

Besides all the hazards, there are also some fun facts about the Nephropidae:

Lobsters Info graphic

Although, these fun facts are quite interesting yet there are some dangers as well.


Aymen Nizam

Aymen Nizam

I am IT (Graduate) from Bahria University Islamabad currently writing blogs on animals and plants, I am a content writer by profession and passionate about writing all information about living things. TapeDaily has provided me a chance to share my expertise with you.

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