Freshwater crabs in Africa

Dobson, Michael (2004) Freshwater crabs in Africa. Freshwater Forum, 21, pp. 3-26.

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Abstract

Freshwater crabs are a strangely neglected component of the world's inland aquatic ecosystems. Despite their wide distribution throughout the tropical and warm temperate zones of the world, and their great diversity, their role in the ecology of freshwaters is very poorly understood. This is nowhere more true than in Africa, where crabs occur in almost every freshwater system, yet even fundamentals such as their higher taxonomy are yet to be determined. This review will attempt to stimulate interest in this fascinating group of organisms by summarising what little we do know about freshwater crabs in Africa. The author describes habitat, reproduction, diet, population density, terrestrial activity and economical importance of African freshwater crabs. The article concludes with an assessment of threats and conservation. In an appendix the author describes the five families of freshwater crabs which are recognised in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Title: Freshwater crabs in Africa
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Dobson, Michael
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Volume: 21
Page Range: pp. 3-26
Date: 2004
ISSN: 0961-4664
Contact Email Address: info@fba.org.uk
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freshwater crustaceans; Identification keys; Predation; Economic benefits; Taxonomy; Population density
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4685
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2010 18:38
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:04
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4685

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