Langosta / Bogavante

panda08

Senior Member
English, UK
Hi,

I'm transating a text about seafood native to Asturias, Spain and have come across a list of different species. Does anyone know the difference between langosta and bogavante? The dictionary says they are both lobsters in English but with two different names I suspect they are different varieties...

Thanks in advance
 
  • panda08

    Senior Member
    English, UK
    Excellent, thanks very much. On further investigation I think they might be a common lobster (bogavante) and a spiny lobster (langosta), otherwise called the crayfish.

    Gracias.
     

    Camilo1964

    Senior Member
    Spanish - Venezuela
    Excellent, thanks very much. On further investigation I think they might be a common lobster (bogavante) and a spiny lobster (langosta), otherwise called the crayfish.

    Gracias.

    Hi

    A distinctive mark of a Bogavante is its fan-shape tail. Other lobsters have straight tails.

    Regards,

    Camilo

    P.S. Bogavante: European (clawed) Lobster (according to Wikipedia)
     

    uucat

    Member
    American English, French
    Just for future reference, A 'Langosta' is not a Crayfish. Crayfish is a freshwater crustacean. Langosta is properly translated as 'Spiny Lobster', a temperate/tropical sea Lobster. They don't have claws.

    'Bogavante' is the typical Clawed Lobster (as in Maine Lobster).
     

    antoniocold

    New Member
    SPANISH SPAIN
    Lobster (Spanish 'langosta') (French 'langouste'): scientific palinurus
    European Lobster (Spanish 'bogavante') (French 'homard'): scientific homarus

    The main distinguishing feature of the 'spiny lobster' are the huge antennae whereas the 'clawed lobster' is easly recognised by its powerfull claws, that can easily chop any human's finger.
     
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    antoniocold

    New Member
    SPANISH SPAIN
    Crayfish, as a freshwater crustacean, is known as 'cangrejo de rio' literally 'river crab'
    Crayfish can be also a salt water crustacean, Spanish 'cigala'
    In general, the common names for fish, can be very misleading and always the best to avoid confusion is to quote their scientific names.
     

    EddieZumac

    Senior Member
    English/Spanish
    Just for future reference, A 'Langosta' is not a Crayfish. Crayfish is a freshwater crustacean. Langosta is properly translated as 'Spiny Lobster', a temperate/tropical sea Lobster. They don't have claws.

    'Bogavante' is the typical Clawed Lobster (as in Maine Lobster).
    Yes, the bogavante is the clawed lobster, akin to the Maine Lobster.
    There are many types of lobsters, which do not have claws, such as:
    Pacific lobster
    Caribbean lobster
    Australian lobster
    South African lobster

    When you order lobster tails in a restaurant, you will probably get one of the above, frozen, and very rarely will the tails be from a bogavante or Maine lobster.
     

    greity

    New Member
    spanish/english
    they are not exactly the same... They belong to the same "family" but the bogavante has two claws that the langosta doesn't have.
    Bogavante:
    http://www.miguelpena.com/fotos/bogavante.jpg
    Langosta:
    http://www.gastronomiavasca.net/glosario-file/444/Langosta.jpeg

    "Para empezar, ni siquiera pertenecen a la misma familia. La langosta europea (Palinurus elephas), pertenece a la familia de los Palinúridos, mientras que el bogavante (Homarus gammarus) pertenece a la familia de los Nefrópidos."
    Una confusión habitual: Bogavante y Langosta. |
     

    Ferrol

    Senior Member
    Spanish.España
    Lobster (Spanish 'langosta') (French 'langouste'): scientific palinurus
    European Lobster (Spanish 'bogavante') (French 'homard'): scientific homarus

    The main distinguishing feature of the 'spiny lobster' are the huge antennae whereas the 'clawed lobster' is easly recognised by its powerfull claws, that can easily chop any human's finger.
    As most "bogavantes" sold at fishmonger's round here come from Canada (or so they say)'calling them European lobster sounds a bit odd.I'd go for clawed lobster as long as it is understood on both sides of the pond
     
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