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Endangered crab to get help to make babies

Plans launched to protect species found only in S'pore

Published on Apr 7, 2014 7:17 AM
NParks and NUS are in the midst of assessing the numbers, habitat conditions, breeding and interaction patterns of the endangered Johora singaporensis freshwater crab. -- PHOTO: DR CAI YIXIONG, NPARKS

Several uniquely Singaporean crabs are going to get help in making babies.

The River Safari is planning a breeding programme to make sure that some of the world's most endangered freshwater species which are found only in Singapore do not get consigned to history.

The programme is one of the outcomes of last month's two-day roundtable on saving the pebble-size Johora singaporensis crab, which is found only in hill streams at Bukit Timah and Bukit Batok, and nowhere else in the world.

Other rare cousins include the swamp forest crab, found only in Nee Soon swamp forest, and the Johnson's freshwater crab, which lives only in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

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