Canadian Marine Life Encyclopedia
Also known as
Atlantic lobster, true lobster, lobster
Temperate waters of northwest Atlantic, from Labrador to North Carolina
Order Decapoda (crayfish, crabs, lobsters, shrimp); Family Nephropidae (clawed lobsters)
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American lobster, unlike most invertebrates, have teeth. However, these teeth aren’t located in their mouths – they are in their stomach. Their stomach chews food using what looks like molars, called a “gastric mill.” Lobster has not always been a sought-after seafood, in fact, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was so cheap that Americans used it as lawn fertilizer and fed it to prisoners and indentured servants. In Massachusetts, some servants fought against this by having it added to their contracts that they would not be feed lobster more than three times a week.