Lachlan MacArthur, Glenn Hyndes and Russ
Prepared for the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
About the report
This report aims to provide information on the western rock lobster, Panulirus cygnus, with regard to ecosystem processes within the SWMR. It specifically attempts to compile findings from published research articles and reports, as well as ongoing, unpublished studies, to establish whether this species plays an important ecological role as a predator and prey species. As an important predator, P. cygnus would have the potential to exert strong feeding pressure on benthic communities. While as an abundant prey species it would also be a significant component for the flow of energy up through coastal ecosystem food webs. Since nearly all ecological data for the western rock lobster have been collected in shallow, state waters, and processes in those waters are likely to represent at least some of the processes in deeper, commonwealth waters, this report compiles relevant information from both regions.