The distribution of Panulirus marginatus phyllosomes is relatively homogeneous throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Specifically, the very low adult lobster abundance at Lisianski Island is likely not due to a lack of late-stage phyllosomes. The pelagic duration of the
larvae of P. marginatus is estimated to be 12 months. Satellite-tracked drifter buoys provide evidence that eddies and the Subtropical Counter Current may retain phyllosomes around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for their 12-month pelagic period.
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