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Five new, radiant, freshwater crabs

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 17, 2016 09:00 AM
The five new crab species were all discovered in the secluded Konkan region of the Western Ghats mountain range in India, where they appear indigenous. It's unlikely any of these will make it into the aquarium trade any time soon, but what an amazing exhibit these would make!

The five new species are described in Zootaxa. These crabs are semi-aquatic crabs, much like fiddler crabs who spend a part of their lives out of the water. All photos by Tejas Thackeray.

Ghatiana atropurpurea

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Ghatiana splendida

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Gubernatoriana alcocki

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Gubernatoriana waghi

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Gubernatoriana thackerayi

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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