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NICHE PREFERENCES OF TREE-CLIMBING CRABS IN SINGAPORE MANGROVES

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Author: Sivasothi
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NICHE PREFERENCES OF TREE-CLIMBING CRABS IN SINGAPORE MANGROVES 1 ) BY N. SIVASOTHI Department of Biological Sciences, The National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Republic of Singapore ABSTRACT Six species of crabs are known to climb mangrove trees in Singapore: the non-burrowing Selatium brockii , Metopograpsus gracilipes , and M. latifrons , and the burrowing Episesarma spp.: E. versicolor , E. chengtongense , and E. singaporense. Despite the apparent spatial overlap of their habitat, an examination of the diet, distribution in the mangrove, and spatial strategy of these crabs reveals that members of the three genera

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