Crustaceans are a type of invertebrate (an animal without a backbone) called an arthropod. These animals have a body made up of many parts and jointed limbs. Unlike other anthropods, crustaceans have two pairs of antennae. The most commonly found crustaceans in GPC’s port areas are:

  • Prawns – Tiger (Penaeus monodon) and Banana (Penaeus merguiensis)
  • Green mud crabs (Scylla serrata)
  • Lobsters (Panulirus ornatus)
  • Orange-fingered crayfish or ‘yabbie’ (Cherax depressus)
  • Barnacles (Cirripedia)

Crustaceans are important to ecosystems as they help in the circulation of nutrients through burrowing. They also act as scavengers feeding on decaying material. A large number of crab holes also indicates the positive health of mangroves.

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