Hydrobiologia

, Volume 595, Issue 1, pp 275–286

Global diversity of crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) in freshwater

  • Darren C. J. Yeo
  • Peter K. L. Ng
  • Neil Cumberlidge
  • Célio Magalhães
  • Savel R. Daniels
  • Martha R. Campos
Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment

Abstract

An assessment of the global freshwater crab diversity is presented. A total of 1,476 species in 14 families are currently known from all zoogeographical regions (except Antarctica), including 1,306 species in eight exclusively freshwater families (Pseudothelphusidae, Trichodactylidae, Potamonautidae, Deckeniidae, Platythelphusidae, Potamidae, Gecarcinucidae and Parathelphusidae). Estimates of true freshwater crab diversity including likely numbers of undescribed taxa suggest that the field remains largely in a “discovery” phase. Main ideas on the origins, diversification, and phylogeny of true freshwater crabs are briefly discussed. The economic importance of freshwater crabs is also highlighted.

Keywords

Global assessment Freshwater crab Diversity Crustacea Decapoda Brachyura Species estimates 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Darren C. J. Yeo
    • 1
  • Peter K. L. Ng
    • 1
  • Neil Cumberlidge
    • 2
  • Célio Magalhães
    • 3
  • Savel R. Daniels
    • 4
  • Martha R. Campos
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeRepublic of Singapore
  2. 2.Department of BiologyNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA
  3. 3.Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da AmazôniaManausBrazil
  4. 4.Department of Botany and ZoologyUniversity of StellenboschMatielandSouth Africa
  5. 5.Instituto de Ciencias NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotaColombia

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