The Bogavante

The bogavante (Homarus gammarus), or lubrigante, is a marine decapod crustacean, very similar to the lobster, which can attain 60 centimetres in length. It is a close relative of the American lobster and the Dublin Bay prawn and less closely related to the ordinary lobster. The bogavante lives in rocky clefts and is rarely founds at depths greater than 50 metres but can live at up to 150 metres below the low-water mark; it prefers sand and gravel on the seabed.

Typically nocturnal, it comes out at night to look for food. It lives in the eastern Atlantic from the Lofoten Islands North-East of Norway as far south as the Azores and Morocco. It can also be found in parts of the Mediterranean and in the North-East of the Black Sea.