Fri 31 Jul 2009: 2pm – Ben Godsall on “Preliminary insights into the behaviour of tree-dwelling crab, Selatium brockii”

“Preliminary insights into the behaviour of the mangrove tree-dwelling crab, Selatium brockii.”

By Ben Godsall
Imperial College, London
with Systematics & Ecology Lab, DBS, NUS.

Friday, 31 Jul 2009: 2pm

Venue: Seminar Room 2
Block S2, Level 4,
Department of Biological Sciences,
National University of Singapore.

Host: N. Sivasothi

Abstract – The mangrove tree-dwelling crab has not received much attention beyond its description. Most people have never heard of it, even those who live with it on their shores. S. brockii lives on trees in the sandbank areas of the Singapore mangroves, feeding off algae at night and hiding during the day.

The current study has examined the contest behaviour of Selatium on the vertical axis, contrary to common competition experiments performed on flat ground. The preliminary results are presented along with ideas for future research projects and the need for conservation efforts at Mandai mangroves.

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