I am planning on getting some Halloween Crabs (Gecarcinus quadratus) for my birthday soon but I still have a few unanswered questions I. Dry season distribution of land crabs, Gecarcinus quadratus (Crustacea: Gecarcinidae), in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica. Megan E. Griffiths1,2, Basma. Rev Biol Trop. Mar;54(1) Influence of land crabs Gecarcinus quadratus (Gecarcinidae) on distributions of organic carbon and roots in a Costa .

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They also need a consistent source of calcium, so take this gecarcihus account when feeding them. Feeding is pretty easy, they will eat pellets, just about any vegetables you supply, and some fresh raw fish occasionally. The decapod crustaceans of Estero el Verde. In southern Costa Rica, the crab can be found up to m inland. Because of their small natural range, they don’t need a lot of space, but that space does need to be very clean. They are a terrestrial crab that lives on the waters edge, needing water for both keeping their gills damp and reproduction.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gecarcinus quadratus is native to mangrove stands and brackish system sand dunes all around the Caribbean. Gecarcinus ruricola has darker, purple limbs and a purplish carapace without ‘eyes’.

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Decapoda Brachyura – Crabs Class: The carapace of G. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Primarily mangroves and lowland rainforest, often along river banks. The species preferentially feeds on the seeds of particular types of plant, favouring the persistence of some at the expense of others.

Views Read Edit View history. Moon crab, harlequin land crab, Mexican land crab, mouthless crab. The patterning of this crab is unique, particularly the combination of purple claws and orange-red limbs. Gecarcinus quadratus De Saussure A riparium more exactly fits the habitat they come from, and a small terrarium would still have to incorporate some water.


Note the white spots towards the rear of the carapace. Not Listed Carapace Length: This gecarcunus is dependent on habitats with readily available sources of freshwater, to prevent desiccation of its lungs.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. It is sometimes mistaken for Gecarcinus lateralis ; this species has whitish to orange-red claws and the upper carapace is rimmed with the same colour. This nocturnal crab digs burrows — sometimes as long as 1. These mechanisms have the overall effect of reducing tree density and diversity in forests where the crab occurs. Retrieved from ” https: Neither species possesses white spots at the gevarcinus of the carapace.


It has a pair of largely purple clawsred-orange legs, and an almost entirely black carapace with a pair of yellow, orange or reddish spots behind the eyes, and an additional pair of whitish spots on the central-lower carapace. They live mostly on leaf litter and other vegetation, but are omnivores and will eat just about anything as long as it’s fresh. Small amounts of vegetable peelings are very good. Remove any uneaten food and run a water filter in whatever water you choose.

It lives in the forest at least some of its adult life, but needs to return to the ocean to breed. Archived from the original PDF on Crab burrows established near the ocean during the breeding season may also provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes once abandoned.

Young crabs forage along the coastline for small particles. Gecarcinus quadratus Halloween Land Crab. The Halloween crab occurs in near-coastal areas from the Gulf of California in Mexico as far south as Colombia.

The planktonic stage in this species lasts for at least a month, following which young crabs settle and develop in coastal habitats. This is a crab that digs burrows in the riverbanks and shorelines it lives on to hide from predators and the sun. The taxonomy in relation to the Atlantic G. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited.


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The crabs can occur at high densities, up to 6 per m -2and the removal of large quantities of leaf litter from forest topsoils influences carbon storage and nutrient cyclingreducing the carbon and mineral content of the topsoil and enriching lower soil layers. For the species of hermit crab, see Halloween hermit crab. Grapsoidea Terrestrial crustaceans Crustaceans described in Animalia Red List status: A principally fossorial land crab, active during the daytime and most commonly encountered following heavy rain.

The Halloween crab has an apparently completely black actually dark brown when examined closely upper carapace, a bright orange-red body and limbs and purple claws. Retrieved July 28, Adults eat leaves and seeds, removing them from the surface and hoarding them in their burrows. They need a pretty consistent temperature quadrtaus and water heaters or subterranean heaters are a good way to manage this.

This page was last edited on 3 Mayat De Saussure The Halloween land crab makes a pretty good inhabitant for mangrove based systems, as long as they utilize some small grain sand and have some dry area. A popular method is to leave a cuttlefish bone in the riparium for the crabs to geacrcinus on.