The spiny lobster is a warm water crustacean sometimes called a Caribbean lobster. Officially a member of the genus Panulirus; one of the most common types of spiny lobster is the Panulirus argus.
The spiny lobster is the biggest food export in the Bahamas, and most of the commercial fishing in the Bahamas is devoted to harvesting spiny lobsters, during the season from August 1st to March 31st. Other large exporters of spiny lobsters include Honduras and Nicaragua. Spiny lobsters are is mostly caught with traps, but can also be taken by hand, speared and trawled. The only edible meat is found in the tail, which is usually exported frozen or canned.
Most Spiny lobsters are exported to the United States and France.
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