Parribacus japonicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Decapoda Scyllaridae

Scientific Name: Parribacus japonicus Holthuis, 1960
Common Name(s):
English Japanese Mitten Lobster
Taxonomic Notes: Holthuis (1991) states that this species has previously been confused with P. antarcticus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-12-03
Assessor(s): MacDiarmid, A.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.
Contributor(s): Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.
Parribacus japonicus has been assessed as Data Deficient. This species is known only from Japan. This species is harvested as a food source, however there is no indication of how this is affecting the population numbers of this species. Further research is needed before a more accurate assessment of conservation status can be made.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is distributed on the northwest coast of Maizuru, 135o 15' E; on the Pacific coast from Tokyo Bay 140o south westward to Ryukyu Islands, Japan (Holthuis 1991).
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – northwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):20
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in shallow waters up to 20 metres deep, on shore reefs (Holthuis 1991). The maximum total body length is approximately 16 cm (Holthuis 1991).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is caught in gill nets and sold fresh on markets; the interest in the fisheries is classified as 'minor' by Holthuis (1991), however it is also noted that little information is available on this.

This species one in a number of species taken from the fishery in Ogasawara waters, Japan (Kazuomi and Hideo 2001).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is harvested as a food source, but there is no indication of whether this fishery is over-exploited and how it is affecting the population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species.  Further research on population, harvesting and other possible threats is recommended.

Citation: MacDiarmid, A. 2011. Parribacus japonicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T170013A6706921. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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