Crayfish vs. Lobster

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Crayfish and Lobster is that the Crayfish is a common name for crustaceans as food and Lobster is a family of crustaceans

  • Crayfish

    Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs or yabbies, are fresh water crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related; taxonomically, they are members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea. They breathe through feather-like gills. Some species are found in brooks and streams where there is running fresh water, while others thrive in swamps, ditches, and paddy fields. Most crayfish cannot tolerate polluted water, although some species such as Procambarus clarkii are hardier. Crayfish feed on animals and plants, either living or decomposing, and detritus.

  • Lobster

    Lobsters are a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans.

    Lobsters have long bodies with muscular tails, and live in crevices or burrows on the sea floor. Three of their five pairs of legs have claws, including the first pair, which are usually much larger than the others. Highly prized as seafood, lobsters are economically important, and are often one of the most profitable commodities in coastal areas they populate. Commercially important species include two species of Homarus (which looks more like the stereotypical lobster) from the northern Atlantic Ocean, and scampi (which looks more like a shrimp, or a “mini lobster”) – the Northern Hemisphere genus Nephrops and the Southern Hemisphere genus Metanephrops. Although several other groups of crustaceans have the word “lobster” in their names, the unqualified term “lobster” generally refers to the clawed lobsters of the family Nephropidae. Clawed lobsters are not closely related to spiny lobsters or slipper lobsters, which have no claws (chelae), or to squat lobsters. The closest living relatives of clawed lobsters are the reef lobsters and the three families of freshwater crayfish.

  • Crayfish (noun)

    Any of numerous freshwater decapod crustaceans in superfamilies ver=161004 and ver=161004, resembling the related lobster but usually much smaller.

  • Crayfish (noun)

    A rock lobster (family Palinuridae).

  • Crayfish (verb)

    (to backpedal, desert, or withdraw)

  • Lobster (adjective)

    red-colored, especially from a sunburn.

  • Lobster (noun)

    A crustacean of the Nephropidae family, dark green or blue-black in colour turning bright red when cooked, with a hard shell and claws, which is used as a seafood.

  • Lobster (noun)

    A crustacean of the Palinuridae family, pinkish red in colour, with a hard, spiny shell but no claws, which is used as a seafood.

  • Lobster (noun)

    A soldier or officer of the imperial British Army (due to their red or scarlet uniform).

  • Lobster (noun)

    An Australian twenty dollar note, due to its reddish-orange colour.

  • Lobster (verb)

    To fish for lobsters.


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