Terminology Description
Terminology Description
Abdomen The section commonly referred to as the “tail”.
Antennae Tactile organs, having a sense of touch.
Antennules Chemosensors, having a sense of smell – with a function similar to a human nose.
Carapace The outer shell of the cephalothrax
Cephalothorax Contains the head and thorax sections together they are commonly called the “body”
Chelipod (crusher claw) The larger of the claws, with a rounded surface suitable for crushing prey such as shellfish.
Chelipod (ripper or pincher claw) The smaller of the claws, which is more pointed and sharp, is used for tearing food apart.
Eye Compound eyes provide sense of sight
Mandible Jawlike structure for crushing and ingesting food
Maxillipeds The mouthparts of the lobster, flat platelike parts used to pass food to the mandible
Pereiopods (walking legs) The two sets of walking legs immediately behind the claws are also used for catching and eating food and have many “taste” sensors; the last two sets of legs are used primarily for walking.
Pleopods Commonly known as “swimmerets” with tiny hairs. In females the hairs are somewhat longer and are the attachment point for eggs.
Telson The central tail fin
Uropods The outer pairs of tail fins