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Troglobitic riverine freshwater crabs

Description:

Spotted 200M in an un-named cave, Tuba, Benguet

Habitat:

"Freshwater crabs are unique among brachyuran crabs in that they can complete their entire life cycle without the need for either brackish water or sea water. All freshwater crabs undergo direct development (whereby all larval stages are lacking), where the ovigerous female broods a few large, lecithotrophic eggs that hatch into tiny hatchling crabs (Ng 1988)." - JC Mendoza & Naruse 2010

Notes:

These are an undescribed species of Sundathelphusa! There are no troglobitic Sundathelphusa reported from Benguet as yet. - JC Mendoza (Phil. Biodiversity Net). Photo by Jerry Rendon

3 Comments

Chao
Chao 7 years ago

You might want to send a few specimens to Ng.

Chao
Chao 7 years ago

very interesting!

New species spotting!

Benguet, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 2, 2011
Submitted on Mar 2, 2012

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