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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In addition to their ecological role, mangrove forests fulfill many economic, cultural and social functions. Ministerial Agreement of January 13, 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.

Data registration before repopulate of crabs. Dead crab found three days after repopulation. As a women leader to the Ecuadorian people living in mangrove communities, Mrs.

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.

The process 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.

In Ecuador, mangroves, estuaries, rivers and beaches are national assets for public use, and the law decrees free passage in these areas. 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.

Their main activities include:. Before reintroducing crabs in any given site, crab characteristics are recorded for each individual: The trap contains food bait to lure the crabs in. 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.

Crab entering an artificial burrow. Several communities are situated on the banks of mangroves, and these people engage in activities dependent on mangroves, such as fishing and gathering shellfish. Even so, similar to other species in mangrove forests, the survival of the mouthless crab is negatively affected by mangrove destruction and overexploitation. Due to the degradation of the mangrove ecosystem within the estuary, and continued shrimp industry activities which occupy almost the entire area that was historically mangroves and salt ponds, it is difficult to conduct a thorough restoration process; However, the FIDES Foundation and local communities implement restoration processes in certain areas through red mangrove reforestation Rhizophora mangleand recovery of mangrove species such as shell Anadara similis and Anadara tuberculosa and mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum.


Crabs must be maintained in a corral for at least 3 days and fed so as to complete a process of internal cleansing.

The mouthless crab is protected by a closed season twice a year, during which the capture and consumption of this species is prohibited. It works as a catalyst and regenerator of wetland plant communities, especially in mangrove and tropical humid ecosystems.

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

Ministerial Agreementpublished in the Official Gazette from March 3, Trap placed beside a burrow the evening before the monitoring rcassum. The goal is to see an increase in the number of active burrows. 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, speech contests, murals, among other activities.

As a pilot project, these processes include the use of both ancestral knowledge from communities, and scientific knowledge from professionals. One month after repopulation, the second monitoring is performed by the indirect method with the same procedure as was used to collect baseline data.

It is particularly important to empower families who harvest crabs, especially in the reintroduction and monitoring of the mouthless crab. Reduce the salinity of water entering mainland Source crassuj organic matter: Then, the baseline is established using indirect methods, by which the number and status of burrows are verified to indirectly estimate the density, structure and biomass of the population.

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

Produce cardisoja and capture a high quantity of carbon dioxide from the air Reproductive zone: The disadvantage of this indirect method is that you cannot cardispma the sex ratio of crabs. Quarterly monitoring is performed using direct trapping methods, where wooden traps are placed the evening before the monitoring day. 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 craswum Sesuvium portulacastrumstraw Cyperus rotundusranconcha Acrostichum aureum and others.


As a major alternative for economic, craszum 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.

Mangroves capture sediments and toxic substances contributing to water filtration before entering the ocean from the rivers Desalination: 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. Napa works in community tourism, and promotes organizational strengthening and mangrove restoration activities in communities.

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. As mangrove destruction has caused a decrease or extinction of a number of important species, including fish, clam, and crabs, that are an cardiisoma 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.

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 crassimhas caused deteriorated living conditions for families whom have lived off of the ecosystem for many generations. A boy returning the crab to its respective burrow.

The first monitoring is performed three days after repopulation, one monitoring in the second month after the repopulation, and then monitoring every three months thereafter. Occurs crasusm the crab growth period, when these crabs molt their carapace for a larger one. The mouthless cardiisoma Cardisoma crassum is a species of terrestrial crab from Family Gecarcinidaewith a bluish purple carapace, claws, and red legs.