I am planning on getting some Halloween Crabs (Gecarcinus quadratus) for my birthday soon but I still have a few unanswered questions I. Dry season distribution of land crabs, Gecarcinus quadratus (Crustacea: Gecarcinidae), in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. Megan E. Griffiths1,2, Basma. Rev Biol Trop. Mar;54(1) Influence of land crabs Gecarcinus quadratus (Gecarcinidae) on distributions of organic carbon and roots in a Costa .

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Note the white spots towards the rear of the carapace. Small amounts of vegetable peelings are very good. This species is dependent on habitats with readily available sources of freshwater, to prevent desiccation of its lungs.

Archived from the original PDF on Feeding is pretty easy, they will eat pellets, just about any vegetables you supply, and some fresh raw fish occasionally.

De Saussure This page was last edited on 3 Mayat By doing they play an important role in structuring forest habitat where they occur see Ecology. The crab itself is an important food source for raccoons Procyon lotor where the species occur together. The patterning of this crab is unique, particularly the combination of purple claws and orange-red limbs. Because of their small natural range, they don’t need a lot of space, but that space does need to be very clean.

The Halloween crab has an apparently completely black actually dark brown when examined closely upper carapace, a quadratuw orange-red body and limbs and purple claws.

Gecarcinus quadratus is native to mangrove stands and brackish system sand dunes all around the Caribbean. The carapace of G. Gecarcinus ruricola has darker, purple limbs and a purplish carapace without ‘eyes’. They tecarcinus a pretty consistent temperature f and water heaters or subterranean heaters quadfatus a good way to manage this.



Gecarcinus quadratus Halloween Land Crab. It lives in the forest at least some of its adult life, but needs to return to the ocean to breed.

Gecarcinidae – Land Crabs Order: By using this site, you agree to the Quadeatus of Use and Privacy Policy. For gecagcinus species of hermit crab, see Halloween hermit crab. The crabs can occur at high densities, up to 6 per m -2and the removal of large quantities of quadratuus litter from forest topsoils influences carbon storage and nutrient cyclingreducing the carbon and mineral content of the topsoil and enriching lower soil layers.

A principally fossorial land crab, active during the daytime and most commonly encountered following heavy rain. They live within a fairly small area, usually patrolling an area less than a meter from their burrow. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. The Halloween crab is an ecosystem engineer.

This is a crab that digs burrows in the riverbanks and shorelines it lives on to hide from predators and the sun. Adults eat leaves and seeds, removing them from the surface and hoarding them in their burrows.

Retrieved from ” https: A popular method is to leave a cuttlefish bone in gecarcinks riparium for the crabs to work on. Neither species possesses white spots at the rear of the carapace.

It is sometimes mistaken for Gecarcinus lateralis ; this species has whitish to orange-red claws and the upper carapace is rimmed with the same colour.

In southern Costa Rica, the crab can be found up to m inland. Gecarcinus quadratus de Saussure, The ideal system for them is a small terrarium or riparium. This nocturnal crab digs burrows — sometimes as long as 1. Decapoda Brachyura – Crabs Class: Remove any uneaten food and run a water filter in whatever water you choose. Views Read Edit View history. Gecarcinus quadratus De Saussure The taxonomy in relation to the Atlantic G. During the wet season, crabs migrate to the coast in large numbers to spawn.


A riparium more exactly fits the habitat they come from, and a small terrarium would still have to incorporate some water.

They also need a consistent source of calcium, so take this into account when feeding them. Retrieved July 28, The Halloween land crab makes a pretty good inhabitant for mangrove based systems, as long as they utilize some small grain sand quzdratus have some dry area.

Animalia Red List status: Young crabs forage along the coastline for small particles. These mechanisms have the overall effect of reducing tree density and diversity in forests where the crab occurs. In other projects Wikimedia Quadratua. The decapod crustaceans of Estero el Verde.

Red Land Crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) ·

They are a terrestrial crab that lives on the waters edge, needing water for both keeping their gills damp and reproduction. Primarily mangroves and lowland rainforest, often along river banks. Crab burrows established near the ocean during the breeding season may also provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes once abandoned. The species preferentially feeds on the seeds of particular types of plant, favouring the persistence of some at the expense of others. Not Listed Carapace Length: Grapsoidea Terrestrial crustaceans Crustaceans described in

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