CONTENTS
Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustaceans
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Mangrove sea slater
Ligia hawaiiensis
Family Ligiidae

Size:
2-3 cm

The Mangrove slater or sea "cockroach" is similar to those found on seashores (L. exotica). These highly modified isopods are primarily scavengers and move with great speed. Sea slaters have their gills ('pseudo-lungs') modified for a terrestrial lifestyle. They also brood their young, which are released as miniatures of the adults, without a planktonic stage.

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close-up of sea slater on wood
Ligia hawaiiensis on
Avicennia tree trunk

magnified close-up
Mangrove sea slater
on debris
What is mangrove?
Introduction

The Ecosystem

Abiotic
Biotic

Value
Intro
Products
Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

History
Mangroves to visit
Conservation
 
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre