A new species of climbing micro-mangrove crab from Hong Kong!

Our Lab, together with Prof. Peter N. K. Ng, just published a paper describing a new species of terrestrial crab we found climbing trees on the eastern coast of Hong Kong. Its squarish predominantly dark brown carapace and very long slender legs are what sets it apart from closely related species. The discovery of the tiny crustacean once again proves how little is known about the diversity of these crabs in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the mangroves that make for the habitat of the new species are under severe impact by both pollution and land reclamation, which underlines the urgent need for their conservation. The new species is described in the open access journal ZooKeys.  http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=11908

 

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