Crab hatching in captivity a breakthrough for NParks


A brood of more than 40 crablets of the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab Johora singaporensis has hatched in January, the first time this has occurred in captivity. The Singapore freshwater crab, found only in certain areas in the Republic and nowhere else in the world, was discovered in 1986 by crab expert Prof Peter NG, Head of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. In 2014, a freshwater crab working group led by the National Parks Board and comprising experts from NUS and the Wildlife Reserves Singapore was formed to look into a long-term population enhancement, monitoring and breeding programme for the Singapore freshwater crab.


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