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Flora index
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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Crustacea
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
 
Mangrove porcelain crab
Petrolisthes kranjiensis
Family Porcellanidae

Size:
1 cm, Southeast Asia, locally common.

Porcelain crabs are found mainly amongst dead wood, between the crevices.
close-up of crab showing one enlarged claw
Dorsal view

magnified close-up of face
Frontal view
note the blue-tinged
mouthparts
crab in its habitat
Crab in wood crevice
They are filter feeders, straining plankton from the water with their feathery mouthparts when the tide is in.
This particular species was originally described from Singapore in the 1960s.

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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