CONTENTS
Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustacea
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Orange signaller crab
Metaplax elegans
Family Grapsidae

Size:
2 cm

The orange signaller occurs in areas of very soft mud. Males wave their distinctive orange claws to compete for females. They feed mainly on worms.

They often occur in large groups near stream banks, and feed during the low tide.

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close up of crab on mud showing orange claws
Metaplax elegans

wide shot of mudflat covered with signallers
The Orange signaller crab
is found in large numbers
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