Quadrats were made in El Salado Estuary, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. An area of m 2 was covered, burrows of C. crassum. Author: Smith, Family: Gecarcinidae. Synonyms: Cardisoma latimanus. Photography: Arthur Anker. Scientific data: Coiba National Park, Panama. WoRMS. Cardisoma Crassum. Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current.

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The total number of traps depends on the size of the site, and the traps are somewhat randomly placed, considering only the size of burrows and location of burrows. Then, the baseline is established using indirect methods, by which the number and status of burrows are verified to indirectly estimate the density, structure and biomass of the population.

Mouthless Crab (Cardisoma crassum) ·

Reduce the salinity of water entering mainland Source of organic matter: Their main activities include:. Before reintroducing crabs in any given site, crab characteristics are recorded for each individual: August 15 to September Measuring mouthless crab individuals trapped during monitoring.

A strong, above ground root system stabilizes the shoreline by reducing erosion by providing protection from waves and tides Protective barrier coasts: A direct monitoring is performed on site, collecting all the dead crabs found at the site, to identify the percentage of deaths by sex.

The trap contains food bait to lure the crabs in. Before reintroducing crabs in their new site, temporary artificial burrows are created with a one meter depth so that the crabs can use them until they are able to make their own burrows or choose to stay in the artificial one.

The case study shows an ongoing pilot project that is generating positive results for the recovery of the mouthless crab. The basic conditions necessary include that the site is located near a body of water and has plants used for food by crabs, such as romero Sesuvium portulacastrumstraw Cyperus rotundusranconcha Acrostichum aureum and others. Ministerial Agreement of January 13, As a major alternative for economic, community tourism plays both a social and environmental role, as it provides an income to families and avoids pressure on the reduced resources found within the ecosystem.


Napa works in community tourism, and promotes organizational strengthening and mangrove restoration activities in communities. Crab entering an artificial burrow.

WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Cardisoma crassum Smith,

The main problems faced by these families are:. The capture or harvest of the mouthless crab is an open-access artisanal activity, which generates income and serves as a food source for people in fishing communities that share these mangrove areas.

It is particularly important to empower families who harvest crabs, cardsoma in the reintroduction and monitoring of the mouthless crab. The contamination of estuarine waters generated throughout the watershed garbage, sewage, carssum from agriculture, livestock and chemicals from the shrimp industryhas intensified the presence of diseases affecting communities doing their artisanal fishing and gathering practices in the estuary.

Mangroves are found within the intertidal fringes of tropical and subtropical coasts, as this is a transitional ecosystem between marine and coastal environments.

Cardisoma Crassum

In Ecuador, mangroves, estuaries, rivers and beaches are national assets for public use, and the law decrees free passage in these areas. Occurs during the crab growth period, when these crabs molt their carapace for a larger one.

Her cardksoma includes working with local rural communities in strengthening community organizations and economic activities, protected areas management, and mangrove ecosystem restoration. In addition to serving as food for other animals, the mouthless crab helps conserve the mangrove ecosystem, as it accelerates the decomposition of organic matter during feeding.

In addition to their ecological role, mangrove forests fulfill many economic, cultural and social functions. Similar situations exist with other species, such as crabs, in estuarine fisheries. In the Chone River estuary, the mouthless crab population has declined drastically in recent decades, mainly due to the mangrove deforestation by the shrimp farming industry, which has also led to the disappearance of a number of species in the estuary. At present, she is President of the National Coordinating Corporation for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems, which is a network comprised of organizations of artisanal fishermen, gatherers and members of the Council of the International Mangrove Network.


Growing participation cardjsoma these families allows for the following:.

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The goal is to see an increase in the number of active burrows. Due to the degradation of the mangrove ecosystem within the estuary, and continued shrimp industry activities which occupy almost the entire area that was historically mangroves and frassum ponds, it is difficult to conduct a thorough restoration process; However, the FIDES Foundation and local communities implement restoration processes in certain areas through red mangrove reforestation Rhizophora mangleand recovery of mangrove species such as shell Anadara similis and Anadara tuberculosa and mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum.

A boy returning the crab to its respective burrow.

Fishing in the estuary. The mouthless crab is protected by a closed season twice a year, during which the capture and consumption of this species is prohibited. The mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum is a species of terrestrial crab from Family Gecarcinidaewith a bluish purple carapace, claws, and red legs.

Dead crab found three days after repopulation. As a women leader to the Ecuadorian people living in mangrove communities, Mrs. The scientific information available cardissoma the mouthless crab is very limited. Produce leaf litter and export biomass Stabilizes microclimates: