September 30. Deep Sea Lobsters of
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Blocks of 4, Miniature Sheets of 16; Souvenir
Sheets of 4
Se-tenant Blocks of Four (25,000)
Locust Lobster (Chelarctus aureus)
7p Blind Lobster (Polycheles coccifer)
7p Northwest Reef Lobster (Metanephrops
7p Two Spot Locust Lobster
Miniature Sheets of 16 (6,250)
Souvenir Sheets of Four (5,000)
Neptune Reef Lobster (Metanephrops
Fan Lobster (Ibacus ciliatus)
Blue Back Locust Lobster (Petrarctus
BandedWhhip Lobster (Puerulus
First Day Covers: Manila
LOBSTERS FOUND IN PHILIPPINE WATERS
LOCUST LOBSTER (Chelarctus aureus).
This lobster is found at depth ranging from 100 meters to 152
meters in Tayabas Bay and off Lubang Island in the Philippines, as
well as in Fiji, Indonesia and South China Sea (Holthuis 2000).
Flattened, with a distinct anteroventral tooth and with two
pubescent grooves on the outer surface. The short hairs on the body
with a golden sheen.
BLIND LOBSTER (Polycheles coccifer).
This blind lobster has long, bizarre claws and belongs to the
rare genus Thaumastochelopsis, a group previously represented by
only four specimens. It was collected by the Census of Marine Life
at a depth of about 300 meters and is only the third species from
its genus ever discovered. This lobster has very tiny eyes and with
no pigment. The head is shaped like a box, no rostrum, and with
NORTHWEST REEF LOBSTER (Metanephrops
lobster has large black eyes with spines on the body.
Longitudinal furrows are absent from abdominal tergites.
Its two main claws are
equal in size. Found mostly
in lndo-West Pacific region in depths ranging from 418 to 500 m.
Total body length to 18 cm.,
carapace length 4 to 7 cm., average of 5 cm.
TWO SPOT LOCUST LOBSTER (Remiarctus
This lobster has two large spots on the abdominal segment, one on
each side slightly above the base of the swim merets. The head has a
low and obscure teeth. They are found in a soft substrate of mud,
sandy-mud, sand or coralline algae at depths between 40 and 75
meters. It can reach the size of 4.2 cm. in males.
This species is found from Taiwan, Province of China, to the
Philippines and as far south as north-western Australia, Fiji and
New Caledonia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam,
Singapore and China.
NEPTUNE REEF LOBSTER ( Metanephrops
lobster has abdomen with two transverse grooves, the large pincer
has the finger distinctly longer than the palm. Eyes large and
black, body with spines. Depth range from 300 to 800 m. Bottom
temperature 5C I1.9C. Total
body size is 18 to 25 cm. in length.
FAN LOBSTER (Ibacus ciliatus).
This lobster has extremely flattened body with the posterior
margins of the head cut into 10 to 12 large teeth. It has
broad and flattened antennae. Surface of the body some-what smooth.
Its legs are of the sizes.
It can be found in soft sand, mad, or clay at depths ranging
from 48 meters to 314 meters.
Can be found mostly West Pacific, from Philippines, Thailand,
Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and coast of China.
This species was split into two species. Past records
referring to I. ciliatus south of the Philippines are now I.
pubescens, although both species occur in the Philippines.
While this species is widespread, it is harvested on a
BLUE BACK LOCUST LOBSTER (Petrarctus
This lobster has a dark blue spot in the median line of the first
abdominal segment. There are two distinct teeth in the median line
before the cervical groove of the head. The head region between the
postrostral and branchial carinnae is smooth. It can reach the size
of 4 to 5.5 cm in body length. This lobster inhabits sand or mud at
depths of 60 to 150 meters. Aside from Philippines, if is also known
to occur in East China Sea, Taiwan and Japan.
BANDED WHIP LOBSTER (Puerulus
This lobster has a whip-like antennae. The head has
no post orbital spine but there are three or more teeth between the
frontal horns and cervical groove. The median keel of the head has
three post cervical and two intestinal teeth. The tubercles on the
head are distinct and not obscured by pubescence. Eyes are small and
longer rather than wide. This species can be found in depths ranging
from 274 meters to 536
meters in soft muddy or sandy substrate.
Body length is around 130 mm.
Originated from the Island of Surigao, Philippines.