The a, Nephrops norvegicus (also called Dublin Bay prawn or langoustine), is a slim orange-pink lobster up to 24 cm long found in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and North Sea as far north as Iceland and northern Norway, and south to Portugal and the Mediterranean Sea. The tail is muscular, and is frequently eaten, often under the name "scampi". Norway lobster is particularly popular in Spain and Portugal where, although being cheaper than the European lobster, it tends to be eaten more on special occasions.
Nephrops norvegicus also known as Dublin Bay Prawn
Norway Lobsters, steamed in white wineNorway lobsters are solitary predators, feeding mostly on molluscs and other crustaceans.
The Norway lobster is an important species for fishery, mostly by trawling. Around 60,000 tonnes are caught annually, half of it in United Kingdom waters. Discards from Nephrops norvegicus fishery may account for up to 37% of the energetic requirements of certain marine scavengers, such as the hagfish Myxine glutinosa. Boats involved in Nephrops fishery also catch a number of fish species such as plaice and sole, and it is thought that without that revenue, Nephrops fishery would be economically unviable.
Norway lobsters, steamed in white wine
In December 1995, the commensal Symbion pandora was discovered attached to the mouthparts of a Norway lobster, and was found to be the first member of a new phylum, the Cycliophora.