Sun 08 Jun 2014: 4.00pm @ SBG Botany Centre – “The Beauty and Systematics of Porcelain Crabs,” by Masayuki Osawa (Wallace Lecture Series)

The Biodiversity Crew @ NUS

The Beauty and Systematics of Porcelain Crabs.pdf (1 page)The Wallace Lecture Series presents
The Beauty and Systematics of Porcelain Crabs

Dr Masayuki Osawa
Research Center for Coastal Lagoon Environments,
Shimane University, Japan

Sunday 8th June 2014
4.00pm – 5.00pm
Function Hall,
Botany Centre Level 1,
Singapore Botanic Gardens
(Tanglin Gate)

Register here please: tinyurl.com/wls-porcelaincrabs

About the talk – The porcelain crabs (family Porcellanidae) belong to a group of crabs known as Anomura. They can be easily distinguished from brachyurans (true crabs) by a pair of long antennal flagella and a well-developed tailfan. As the common name defines, they have crab-shaped bodies and breakable legs that resembles “porcelain (chinaware)”. The large external mouthparts (third maxillipeds) bearing long setae also characterize porcellanids as typically suspension feeders, like barnacles (Cirripedia). Additionally, crabs of the genus Petrolisthes are called “stone sliders” because they are found clinging to the undersides of stones and smoothly and rapidly move on the surfaces.

The porcellanids are…

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