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Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustacea
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Forceps crab
Epixanthus dentatus
Family Eriphiidae

Size:
up to 8 cm. Found in the Indo-West Pacific, locally common.

The orange spots on the shell easily identify this common crab. It normally hides under driftwood.
close-up of crab on mud showing spots
Carapace washed to
reveal orange spots

Its stout right claw has a special tooth which it uses to open gastropods (not unlike a can-opener) whilst the fingers of its left claw are like a pair of forceps which it uses to extract the flesh from the shell.

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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