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    Crabs

    Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by fish tamer, Oct 19, 2008.

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      are than any true freshwater crabs that wont need brachish water. and can just can stay underwater with no problems:confused:
       
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      None that Ive heard of, but there is some land crabs. But I think they even need some access to some water, and the water is usually brackish.
       
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      there are crabs that do great in freshwater but they all need a land area.
       
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      why do crabs need to breath air
       
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      ^^^ is that a serious question? if so, i will respond after the gym.
       
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      Yes, there are many true freshwater crabs ... including fully aquatic species that don't need land access. They show up less regularly than red-claws (one or a few species of SE Asian Sesarmids) and fiddlers (Uca spp.), both of which can tolerate freshwater but really need brackish and semi-aquatic conditions for long-term survival.

      Here's one such fully aquatic freshwater species, Potamonautes orbitospinus, the Malawi blue crab (from Lake Malawi, of course):

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      Cardisoma spp. like this C. armatum (rainbow, Halloween, patriot, moon crabs) live in freshwater, but do best with a land area:

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      See this page for the species you'll most likely encounter in stores.
       
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