Quadrats were made in El Salado Estuary, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México. An area of m 2 was covered, burrows of C. crassum. Author: Smith, Family: Gecarcinidae. Synonyms: Cardisoma latimanus. Photography: Arthur Anker. Scientific data: Coiba National Park, Panama. WoRMS. Cardisoma Crassum. Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current.

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A dense and tall canopy acts as a barrier, which protects against storms and hurricanes Filtration: For this reason, community organizations in the Chone River estuary have worked towards the conservation, management and sustainable commercialization of the mouthless crab, and to carry out activities to increase local species populations in situ.

The basic conditions necessary include that the site is located near a body of water and has plants used for food by crabs, such as romero Sesuvium portulacastrumstraw Cyperus rotundusranconcha Acrostichum aureum and others. Within the activities for ecological restoration of mangrove ecosystems falls the recovery of the mouthless crab Cardisoma crassuman important species that serves as food for families and forms part of commercial activities in community tourism.

Land crab (Cardisoma crassum), female with eggs, Panama

Growing participation in these families allows for the following:. In addition to their significant ecological role, mangrove habitats fulfill important economic, cultural, and social functions for the various communities settled on the banks of estuaries. The first results crssum this pilot project will be available Decemberwhich will be shared when available.

The total number of traps depends on the size of the site, and the traps are somewhat randomly placed, considering only the size of burrows and location of burrows. Even so, similar to other species in crssum forests, the survival of the mouthless crab is negatively affected by mangrove destruction and overexploitation.

Also, mangroves have been ancestral sources of food supply, used for charcoal and salt extraction, timber and firewood, tannins, medicinal herbs, and recreational activities including tourism. FIDES works with schools in the assessment and recovery of ancestral knowledge of mangrove people, through training workshops in schools and colleges, and related events, such as drawing competitions, crssum contests, murals, among other activities.

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The mouthless crab is protected by a closed season twice a year, during which the capture and consumption of this species is prohibited. There has not yet been an assessment of the results; however, quarterly monitoring suggests an increase in population density in the reintroduction sites and in other areas due to crab movement, or individuals seeking new breeding sites.

In the Chone River estuary, the mouthless crab population has declined drastically in recent decades, mainly due to the mangrove deforestation by the shrimp farming industry, which has also led to the disappearance of a number of species in the estuary. It is terrestrial and live in J-shaped burrows which are one or two meters deep, built in drier soils within mangrove forests and in transition areas of humid or dry forests, as long as there is a brackish water source nearby.


August 15 to September The destruction of the mangrove forests in the Chone River Estuary, due to pollution and change in land use mangrove forest and salt ponds for the installation of shrimp industryhas caused deteriorated living conditions for families whom have lived off of the ecosystem for many generations. In addition to their ecological role, mangrove forests fulfill many economic, cultural and social functions.

Occurs during the crab growth period, when these crabs molt their carapace for a larger one. The trap contains food bait to lure the crasshm in. The goal is to see an increase in the number of active burrows.

A boy returning the crab to its respective burrow. The cqrdisoma of ecological restoration of mangrove ecosystems in the Chone River estuary first requires a series of activities to reduce the main causes of deterioration, including mangrove restoration, which allows for the recovery of optimal conditions to recuperate the productive capacity of the ecosystem and its ecological functions.

The mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum is a species cardlsoma terrestrial crab from Family Gecarcinidaewith a bluish purple carapace, claws, and red legs. A direct monitoring is performed on site, collecting all the dead crabs found at the site, to identify the percentage of deaths by sex. Napa works in community tourism, and promotes organizational strengthening and mangrove restoration activities in communities.

The case study shows an ongoing pilot project that is generating positive results for the recovery of the mouthless crab. A strong, above ground root system stabilizes the cardosoma by reducing erosion by providing protection from waves and tides Protective barrier coasts: Mangroves capture sediments and toxic substances contributing to water filtration before entering the ocean from the rivers Desalination: Making artificial crssum artificiales.

At present, she is President of the National Coordinating Corporation for the Defense of Mangrove Ecosystems, which is a network comprised of organizations of artisanal fishermen, gatherers and members of the Council of the International Mangrove Network. Crab entering an artificial burrow. Reduce the salinity craswum water entering mainland Source of organic matter: It is unlikely that current policies and authorities are able to resolve all of the issues highlighted above in the short term; however, it is important to promptly initiate actions for ecosystem restoration.

The disadvantage of this indirect method is that you cannot identify the sex ratio of crabs. As a pilot project, these craszum include the use of both ancestral knowledge from communities, and scientific knowledge from professionals.

Several communities are situated on the banks of mangroves, and these people engage in activities dependent on mangroves, such as fishing and gathering shellfish. In addition to serving as food for other animals, the mouthless crab helps conserve the mangrove ecosystem, as it accelerates the decomposition of organic matter during feeding. The capture or harvest of the mouthless crab is an open-access artisanal activity, which generates income and serves as a food source for people in fishing communities that share these mangrove areas.


Quarterly monitoring is performed using direct trapping methods, where wooden traps are placed the evening before the monitoring day. Her experience includes working with local rural communities in strengthening community organizations and economic activities, protected areas management, and mangrove ecosystem restoration.

As a major alternative for economic, community tourism plays both a social and environmental role, as it provides an income to families and avoids pressure on the reduced resources found within the ecosystem. Crabs must be maintained in a corral for at least 3 days and fed so as to complete a process of internal cleansing.

It is particularly important to empower families who harvest crabs, especially in the reintroduction and monitoring of the mouthless crab. Their main activities include:.

It works as a catalyst and regenerator of wetland plant communities, especially in mangrove and tropical humid ecosystems.

Before reintroducing crabs in any given site, crab characteristics are recorded for each individual: Currently, the shrimp industry prevents fishermen from entering due to the placement of armed guards, dogs and electric wire, which affects the right to free movement in public spaces, when in reality community livelihoods depend on this territory. Dead crab found three days after repopulation. An initial assessment is made to determine if the site meets the basic conditions needed for normal crab development and to establish a baseline of the quantity and condition of existing crab populations in site.

The next morning, the trapped crabs are checked and relevant information is recorded for each specimen size, sex, carapace color, if female has eggs and burrows size, texture prints. As mangrove destruction has caused a decrease or extinction of a number of important species, including fish, clam, and crabs, that are an important source of food and income for local communities, community tourism creates an alternative activity that generates income for these communities, and allows these communities to maintain their connection with mangroves.

In order to reintroduce new individuals to an existing population, crab individuals are captured in estuaries with similar conditions to the estuary where the reintroduction is to be done. Crabs caught in the monitoring traps. Unlike others, the mouthless crab is not able to stay submerged in water for long periods of time.

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