The Ultimate Lobster Quiz


Lobsters are related to:

Lobsters are related to crayfish, shrimp and crab. Lobster meat is considered a delicacy.

Lobsters are caught in:

Lobsters are caught in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and are typically kept alive until cooked.

What type of lobster is sold commercially to the general public?

You can typically find American lobster, marine crayfish and rock lobsters in stores.

What part of North American do people typically catch American lobster?

American lobster may be a misnomer, since most American lobster is caught in Canada. Lobster is typically caught off the shores of New England, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

How do fisherman catch American lobster?

American lobster is typically caught in small wooden traps that are baited with fish.

Where do most lobsters typically live in the ocean?

Lobsters typically live in shallow water around islands, but there is a sub-set of lobsters that live in the deep sea.

Where do spiny lobsters live in the ocean?

Spiny lobsters live in warm ocean water throughout the world. They enjoy coral reefs and crevices. Slipper lobsters live in sand and mud.

How much does a typical American lobster weigh?

A typical American lobster is about 12 inches in length (30 cm) and weighs about two pounds (1 kilo). You can find American lobsters, however; that weigh up to 40 pounds.

What color are American lobsters?

Uncooked American lobsters are typically dark green with various markings.

The exoskeleton of an American lobster:

The exoskeleton of an American lobster is composed of 21 pieces. Some pieces are fused together while other pieces are moveable, allowing for range of motion.

Where is the thickest part of an American lobster?

The carapace is the thickest part of an American lobster's exoskeleton. The carapace is found on the back of a lobster.

A lobster has ____ pairs of legs.

Lobsters have five pairs of legs. In the American lobster, the front set of legs are claws.

The abdomen of a lobster is composed of:

The lobster's abdomen consists of six shell rings that overlap. The entire abdomen of a lobster is called a “lobster tail.”

What part of the spiny lobster is edible?

Typically, you eat only the “lobster tail” of a spiny lobster, which consists of both the tail and the abdomen.

Lobsters have internal organs similar to those of a(n):

Lobsters have all the same internal organs as humans, including a reproductive system and a brain.

The lobster's shell is:

A lobster sheds it's exoskeleton frequently when young. When a lobster sheds its exoskeleton it becomes vulnerable to prey until a new, hard shell forms.

What happens if a lobster loses a claw or leg?

Lobsters can actually grow new claws and legs if they become dismembered. Now that's a good skill!

Lobsters mature after:

Lobsters mature after four or five years. Some lobsters can actually live to 100 years old.

What is molting?

Molting is the process by which lobsters shed their old exoskeleton for a new exoskeleton. A lobster actually forms a new soft exoskeleton underneath its existing shell before the lobster sheds its old shell.

What is the purpose of a lobster's antennae?

There are small receptors on a lobster's antenna, legs, carapace and tail that detect chemical changes in the water. This helps them find food.

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Lobsters are complex and intriguing crustaceans that are sought out by gourmet chefs and everyday cooks alike. Different species of lobsters live ubiquitously throughout the world. Take this quiz and learn more about this popular sea creature.

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