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
- Green mud crabs
- Orange-fingered crayfish or ‘yabbie’
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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