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Cirique
Guinotia dentata Latreille, 1825

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Malacostraca »  order Decapoda - crayfish »  family Pseudothelphusidae

IUCN category:Least Concern

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Size

Up to 65 mm carapace width

Description

Carapace flattened, nearly oval in shape, with its anterolateral edges decorated with very small teeth. Last section of the legs with five rows of small spines, three up and two down. Yellowing and brown inclining to chocolate. Chelipeds much lighter coloured than the carapace.

Ecology

Freshwater species that lives in/or near rivers, creeks, streams and ponds. Can occur at several tens of meters awy from the river. Hides under the roots of trees, rocks and rotten wood where shallow burrows are dug. Omnivorous, eating both animals and plants. Guinotia dentata has a direct development without a larval stage, all the nutrients are contained in the cytoplasm of the egg. The eggs are carried by females who give birth to young that they protected.

Distribution

Occurs in Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia

Importance

Locally used as food species.

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013.2 [134595]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [http://www.iucnredlist.org/] [as Guinotia dentata (Latreille, 1825)]
Data retrieved on: 27 January 2014

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