National Geographic : 1922 Jan
THE CRAWFISH OR SPINY LOBSTER (Panulirus americans) A shell fish of great importance, the flesh of the Crawfish, which has a most delicate flavor, is highly esteemed asfood, and isexcellent bait, being taken by almost all Florida fish. It reaches a length of four feet but averages eighteen inches. The illustrationshows the male and female. The female (on the left) has a small pinching claw on the last leg, which is used to comb the eggs and free them from foreign substances, as well astoremove the dead eggs. Thou sands of pounds of Crawfish are marketed annually in Florida alone. It is found in the West Indies, the Bermudas, and the Florida Keys. Itlives among the rocks in salt water, and feeds on mollusks.