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Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustacea
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Common silt crab
Ilyogynis microcheirum
Family Camptandriidae

Size:
up to 0.8 cm, Southeast Asia
close-up of crab on mud
Ilyogynis microcheirum
This crab occurs throughout the mangroves in large numbers under wood, in pools or under debris. Peel back an algal mat, and you will see them scrambling to escape into crevices in the mud. They have a remarkably high tolerance of hydrogen sulphide and anaerobic conditions. Unlike many crabs, the sexes cannot be differentiated by claw size.

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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