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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Also, mangroves have been ancestral sources of food supply, used for charcoal and salt extraction, timber and firewood, tannins, medicinal herbs, cwrdisoma recreational activities including tourism.

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.

Crabs cagdisoma in the monitoring traps. Making artificial burrows artificiales. An important example of this is the recovery of the Mouthless crab in situ, in careisoma process that combines ancestral knowledge and practices with new technical knowledge.

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. 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.

Napa works in community tourism, and promotes organizational strengthening and mangrove restoration activities in communities.

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The case study shows an ongoing pilot project that is generating positive results for the recovery of the mouthless crab. The goal is to see an increase in the number careisoma active burrows. Crab entering an artificial burrow. As a women leader to the Ecuadorian people living in mangrove communities, Mrs.

The first results of this pilot project will be available Decemberwhich will be shared when available. 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.

Before reintroducing crabs in their new site, temporary artificial burrows are created with a one meter depth so that the crabs can use them until they are able to make their own burrows or choose to stay in the artificial one.


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. These areas consist of mangrove forests, marshes, estuaries, canals, lagoons, beaches and islands, whose ecological interactions constitute a number of abiotic and biotic components throughout the ecosystem. Ministerial Agreementpublished in the Official Gazette from March 3, 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.

For example, before the shrimp industry took over, on average shell Anadara similis and Anadara turberculosa were collected per day, which currently less than 50 shells are collected per day.

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.

Cardisoma crassum – Wikipedia

Their main activities include:. The mouthless crab is protected by a closed season twice a year, during which the capture and consumption of this species is prohibited. Cadisoma 15 to September Ministerial Agreement of January 13, A strong, above ground root cardispma stabilizes the shoreline by reducing erosion by providing protection from waves and tides Protective barrier coasts: Occurs during the crab growth period, when these crabs molt their carapace for a larger one.

Similar situations exist with other species, such as crabs, in estuarine fisheries.

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 carisoma tourism. The contamination of estuarine waters generated throughout the watershed garbage, sewage, agrochemicals from agriculture, livestock and chemicals from the shrimp industryhas intensified the presence of diseases affecting communities doing their artisanal fishing and gathering practices in the estuary.

Quarterly monitoring is performed carvisoma direct trapping methods, where wooden traps are placed the evening before the monitoring day. The main problems faced by these families are:.

Land crab feeding (Cardisoma crassum)

As a pilot project, these processes include the use of both ancestral knowledge from communities, and scientific knowledge from professionals. Produce leaf litter and export biomass Stabilizes microclimates: Data registration before repopulate of crabs. It works as a catalyst and regenerator of wetland plant communities, especially in mangrove and tropical humid ecosystems. It is terrestrial and live in J-shaped burrows which are one or two meters deep, built in drier soils within craassum forests and in transition areas of humid or dry forests, as long as there is a brackish water source nearby.


The trap contains food bait to lure the crabs in. The mouthless crab Cardisoma crassum is a species of terrestrial crab from Family Gecarcinidaewith a crxssum purple carapace, claws, and red legs.

The process of ecological restoration of mangrove ecosystems in the Chone River estuary first requires a series of activities to reduce the crasssum 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 scientific information available on the mouthless crab is very limited. Unlike others, the mouthless crab is not able to stay submerged in water for long periods of time. 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.

A woman gathering mangrove clams. Before reintroducing crabs in any given site, crab characteristics are recorded for each individual: A boy returning the crab to its respective burrow. Mangroves are found within the intertidal fringes of tropical and subtropical coasts, as this is a transitional ecosystem between marine and coastal environments. In addition to their ecological role, mangrove forests fulfill many economic, cultural and social functions.

A direct monitoring is performed on site, collecting all the dead crabs found at the site, to identify the percentage of deaths by sex. Reduce the salinity of water entering mainland Source of organic matter: Her experience includes working with local rural communities in strengthening community organizations and economic activities, protected areas management, and mangrove ecosystem restoration.

As mangrove destruction has caused a decrease or extinction of a number of important species, cgassum 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.