All about lobster > How can you tell the difference between male and female lobsters?
Female lobsters are usually wider in the upper dorsal tail region (allowing room in the tail to store the premature eggs) but the main characteristic is found under its abdomen. Turn the lobster over and you'll see appendices like little fins. There are five pairs: the first pair (nearest the head), located at the junction of the abdomen and thorax, is different from the others and allows you to differentiate between males and females.
In males, this first pair is longer, thick, hard and whitish. The second pair is hard but smaller.
In females, this first pair is soft and thin.
Now that you know the difference, you should simmer your male lobsters for 15 minutes per pound and females for 18 minutes per pound. To learn more, click here.
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