Mangrove crab

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Mangrove crabs are crabs that live among mangroves, and may belong to many different species and even families.wikipedia
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Mangrove

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Mangrove crabs are crabs that live among mangroves, and may belong to many different species and even families.
Mangrove crabs munch on the mangrove leaves, adding nutrients to the mangal mud for other bottom feeders.

Scylla serrata

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Scylla serrata (often called mud crab or mangrove crab, although both terms are highly ambiguous, as well as black crab) is an ecologically important species of crab found in the estuaries and mangroves of Africa, Australasia and Asia.

Perisesarma

Perisesarma is a genus of mangrove crabs in the family Sesarmidae (or Grapsidae in some classifications) predominantly found in the Indo-Pacific.

Crab

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Mangrove crabs are crabs that live among mangroves, and may belong to many different species and even families.

Species

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Mangrove crabs are crabs that live among mangroves, and may belong to many different species and even families.

Family (biology)

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Mangrove crabs are crabs that live among mangroves, and may belong to many different species and even families.

Ecology

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They have been shown to be ecologically significant in many ways.

Forest

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They keep much of the energy within the forest by burying and consuming leaf litter.

Plant litter

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They keep much of the energy within the forest by burying and consuming leaf litter.

Feces

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Furthermore, their feces may form the basis of a coprophagous food chain contributing to mangrove secondary production.

Coprophagia

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Furthermore, their feces may form the basis of a coprophagous food chain contributing to mangrove secondary production.

Crustacean larva

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Mangrove crab larvae are the major source of food for juvenile fish inhabiting the adjacent waterways, indicating that crabs also help nearshore fisheries.

Juvenile fish

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Mangrove crab larvae are the major source of food for juvenile fish inhabiting the adjacent waterways, indicating that crabs also help nearshore fisheries.

Fishery

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Mangrove crab larvae are the major source of food for juvenile fish inhabiting the adjacent waterways, indicating that crabs also help nearshore fisheries.

Crab-plover

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The adult crabs are food for threatened species such as the crab plover.

Topography

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Their burrows alter the topography and sediment grain size of the mangrove, and help aerate the sediment.

Sulfide

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Removing crabs from an area causes significant increases in sulfides and ammonium concentrations, which in turn affects the productivity and reproductive output of the vegetation, supporting the hypothesis that mangrove crabs are a keystone species.

Ammonium

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Removing crabs from an area causes significant increases in sulfides and ammonium concentrations, which in turn affects the productivity and reproductive output of the vegetation, supporting the hypothesis that mangrove crabs are a keystone species.

Keystone species

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Removing crabs from an area causes significant increases in sulfides and ammonium concentrations, which in turn affects the productivity and reproductive output of the vegetation, supporting the hypothesis that mangrove crabs are a keystone species.

Haberma

Haberma is genus of small mangrove or terrestrial crabs, typically less than 1 cm across the carapace.

Scylla tranquebarica

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Scylla tranquebarica is a species of mangrove crab in the genus Scylla.