Dwarf River Crab

Dwarf River Crab


Liberonautes nanoides


The Dwarf River Crab supports a small seasonal commercial fishery. The key threats faced by the species are the loss and degradation of river habitat.


IUCN Red List status: Endangered [1]
(updated on 01.02.11)

Liberian Status: None [2]

Geographical Range: The species has been recorded from one locality in the St. Paul River in Bong County, Liberia.

Habitat and Ecology: The Dwarf River Crab is a freshwater species found in fast-flowing rocky areas in the major river channels of the St Paul River as it flows through the rainforest habitat of Liberia. The species is rarely found in small streams [3].

Threats: The population levels are suspected to be relatively high. The vulnerability of the species stems from the small geographical area which it occupies (estimated to be approximately 500 km2 of river habitat) [3]. The key threats faced by the species are the loss and degradation of river habitat [3].

Other: The Dwarf River Crab supports a small seasonal commercial fishery [4].

References:

[1] IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <www.iucnredlist.org> Downloaded on 01 February 2011

[2] The Government of Liberia’s Forest Development Authority. [online] Available at: <http://www.fda.gov.lr> [Accessed 01.02.11]

[3] Cumberlidge, N. 2008. Liberonautes nanoides. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 February 2011.

[4] Sachs, R. and N. Cumberlidge. 1991. The dwarf river crab Liberonautes latidactylus nanoides Cumberlidge & Sachs, 1989, from Liberia — a new second intermediate host of Paragonimus uterobilateralis. Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. 42(1): 73-74.

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