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Index of flora
Index of fauna
Kingdom Animale | Phylum Arthropoda | Subphylum Crustacea | Class Malacostrata
 
Photo by Kang Nee Mud Lobster
Thalassina anomala

Family Thalassinidae
Order Decapoda
This animal has powerful digging claws and a very slender abdomen, and is

Mud Lobster mound
responsible for the volcano-like mounds of mud in mangrove swamps. These characteristic mounds can reach several metres in height and diameter. The animal is very rarely seen, but would occasionally emerge at night after a rainstorm.
Mud lobsters feed on the organic matter in the rich mangrove mud. In some countries, they are pests owing to their constant burrowing habit which weakens prawn pond bunds and river banks. They are edible, but are not popular locally. (Length up to 30cm).
Introduction
Shore environment
 
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre