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Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustacea
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Leaf-porter crab
Neodorippe callida
Family Dorippidae

Size:
1-2 cm, Indo-West Pacific, locally common

This crab has the unusual habit of hiding under a leaf and swimming upside down near the water surface! They can be seen swimming about at dusk or when attracted to fishing lights.
close-up showing crab holding a leaf
Leaf-porter crab hanging on to a leaf

This helps hide it from fish predators swimming below. Its last two pairs of legs are modified to carry objects. Porter crabs are generally scavengers.

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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