learn only 3 things about them ...
| These crabs have long pointy legs to cling to and scramble
They have a flat body to slip through narrow crevices.
are very shy and disappear at the slightest sign of trouble.
Where seen? Small grapsid crabs
are commonly seen on many of our rocky shores and mangroves, especially
at night. They are among the colourful crabs you might see even at
high tide. But they are more active at night and fast moving. During
the day, you will rarely see more than a purplish hairy leg peeking
out from a crevice! The larger species are sometimes seen on the offshore
Features: Body width 4-6cm. Grapsid
crabs are adapted for scrambling over rocks and other slippery surfaces.
Many can stay out of the water for some time. Grapsid crabs are also
sometimes called Shore crabs. They have well-developed hooks on the
tips of their long legs that grip these surfaces. Their bodies and
legs are flattened, allowing them to squeeze deep into narrow cracks
and crevices. In some species, males have larger pincers than females.
crab (Plagusia squamosa) is sometimes mistaken for a grapsid
crab. But it belongs to another family.
What do they eat? Grapsid crabs
are scavengers and will eat almost anything. They also eat seaweed.
crabs on Singapore shores
Grapsidae recorded for Singapore
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Systema Brachyurorum: Part 1. An annotated checklist of extant Brachyuran
crabs of the world.
in red are those listed among the threatened
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Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened Plants and Animals of Singapore
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and Peter K. L. Ng. 1994. A First Look at Biodiversity in Singapore.
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- Ng, P. K.
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S. and Gary J. Morgan, 2002. A Field Guide to Crustaceans of
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