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 Post subject: Crab; Cape river - Potamonautes Perlatus
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:05 am 
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I saw this very shy crab in my garden in Darling at the end of August 2013. Can anyone tell me what sort of crab it is?

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 Post subject: Re: crab ID help needed
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The crab indeed seems shy.

My guess is that it is : Cape river crab (Potamonautes perlatus), which frequents most of the Cape freshwater spots, and is also found in most other rivers throughout our country.

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 Post subject: Re: crab ID help needed
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Thanks so much! I googled a bit and that would indeed seem to be my little crab. :thumbs_up:

It was VERY shy, backing quickly into the protection of those leaves, so I had next to no time to get a photo :roll:

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