- A seawater crustacean, Palinurus elephas var. vulgaris, resembling a lobster in taste and texture but without the large claws. They are reddish brown with yellow and white markings and may be up to 50 cm long, but taste better when smaller. They are found around the coasts of Britain, Spain, France and the Mediterranean, but now rare. Often called crayfish especially in Australia and the USA. Cooked as lobster.