a. Maine Lobster. The Maine lobster (Homarus americanus) is a bluish-green
to olive brown color with darker spots.
(1) It has claws on the first four walking legs.
(2) It does not have horns above the eyes.
b. Spiny Lobster. The spiny lobster is a greenish color but can contain many
varieties of coloration and spots. See Figure 2-10. There are many varieties of spiny
lobster (genus Panulirus). Most come from the coasts of Florida, Central America,
South America, and Australia. The anatomy of the spiny lobster is practically the same
(1) It has no claws.
(2) It has a pair of horns above each eye.
Figure 2-10. The spiny lobster.
(1) True Maine lobsters are not procured for troop issue. Frozen tails,
however, may be found in retail sales. In some cases, the true Maine lobster is
available in live tanks. The Maine lobster is sold mainly in the fresh, live state for
restaurant use. The inspector will most likely see them on a class 8 inspection.