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Family Palinuridae

Spiny lobsters lack enlarged claws and are well-protected by sharp forward-pointing spines.  Large species are no longer common due to heavy fishing pressure and disregard for local laws.  Minimum carapace length is 3.25 inches.  Illegal to harvest from May through August, spearing and taking of females with eggs prohibited.

http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/regulated_fish_mia.html

 

HAWAII

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Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Kaena Point, Oahu, 40 feet

 

Juvenile, North Shore, Oahu, 10 feet

 

Sharks Cove, Oahu

Reef's End, Molokini, 60 feet

   HAWAIIAN SPINY LOBSTER      'ULA

Purple and white banded tail and black legs with a single white stripe.  The most common species beyond the surf zone into deep water.  Attains 16 inches.  Endemic to Hawaii.