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  Gomeza birocnis Gray, 1831
  Family Name : Corystidae

  Taxonomic Group : Invertebrates (Crustacean, Crab and Prawn)

  Common Names : Masked Burrowing Crab

Masked Burrowing Crab
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      These marine crabs prefer to burrow in sandy substrate, keeping their entire bodies buried out leaving the antennae above the substrate, which probably forms a breathing tube of interlocking hairs through which the crab can respire while remaining buried.
      Habitats :
      Marine, Sandy Shore
      Distribution :
      Indo-west Pacific.
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Destruction of suitable habitats, notably stretches of sandy beach area at Labrador Beach.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      Little is known about the biology of these crabs. The habitat that they live in is vulnerable to developmental pressures and land reclamation efforts.
      Conservation Notes :
      Protection of naturally occurring sandy beaches.
  • Status
    • Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Vulnerable (VU)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 

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