Moult of Mangrove Tree-dwelling Crab (Selatium brockii)
16th November 2015, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Pink-fingered Tree-climbing Crab (Episesarma palawanense)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 17th August 2015

For several decades, this species had been identified as Episesarma chengtongense in many local references, until it was discovered that the true Episesarma chengtongense actually had red pincers.

An assortment of crabs native to Singapore’s marine, mangrove, and freshwater ecosystems:
Top row (L-R): Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), Pink-fingered Tree-climbing Crab (Episesarma chengtongense) & Orange Mud Crab (Scylla olivacea)
Bottom row (L-R): Lowland Freshwater Crab (Parathelphusa maculata), Johnson’s Freshwater Crab (Irmengardia johnsoni) & Singapore Tree-climbing Crab (Episesarma singaporense) @ VivoCity

The Festival of Biodiversity 2014 has come to an end! A big thank you to all the people who contributed their time to share stories and information about the wild side of Singapore that not many people know about or appreciate. And of course, kudos to all the people who visited our booths and learn something about the natural splendours that can still be found in Singapore. See you again next year!

Face-banded Crab


Face-banded Crab (Perisesarma sp.)
Mandai Mangrove, 4th October 2012

The Face-banded Crabs of Mandai Mangrove (and other mangrove habitats of Singapore) are among several mangrove inhabitants discussed at the upcoming 2013 Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat Workshop.

The presentations at this workshop will showcase the interdisciplinary importance of Mandai, and include botany, ecology, seagrass, crabs, bivalves, insects, birds, geography, geomorphology, sea level rise, biochemistry and management. More information about the programme is available here.

There are two species of Face-banded Crab in Singapore mangroves: Perisesarma indiarum and Perisesarma eumolpe.