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Aratus pisonii (mangrove tree crab)

Synonyms: Sesarma pisonii

Wikipedia Abstract

Aratus pisonii, commonly known as the mangrove tree crab, is a species of crab which lives in mangrove trees in tropical and subtropical parts of the Americas, from Florida to Brazil on the Atlantic coast, and from Nicaragua to Peru on the Pacific coast. It feeds mostly on the leaves of the mangroves, but is an omnivore, and prefers animal matter when possible. A. pisonii is the only species in the monotypic genus Aratus. The specific epithet pisonii commemorates the Dutch naturalist Willem Piso who travelled in Brazil in 1638 with Georg Marggraf.
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Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Brevard Zoo


Western Atlantic Ocean;

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1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Herbivory and Predation by the Mangrove Tree Crab Aratus pisonii, James W. Beever III, Daniel Simberloff, and Linda L. King, Oecologia (Berl.) 43, 317-328 (1979)
3KRUMME, U.; KEUTHEN, H.; SAINT-PAUL, U. and VILLWOCK, W.. Contribution to the feeding ecology of the banded puffer fish Colomesus psittacus (Tetraodontidae) in north Brazilian mangrove creeks. Braz. J. Biol. 2007, vol.67, n.3, pp. 383-392.
4CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
5Contribution to the feeding ecology of the predatory wingfin anchovy Pterengraulis atherinoides (L.) in north Brazilian mangrove creeks, U. Krumme, H. Keuthen, M. Barletta, W. Villwock and U. Saint-Paul, J. Appl. Ichthyol. 21 (2005), 469–477
6Ontogenetic and seasonal shifts in the diet of the pemecou sea catfish Sciades herzbergii (Siluriformes: Ariidae), from a macrotidal mangrove creek in the Curuçá estuary, Northern Brazil, Tommaso Giarrizzo & Ulrich Saint-Paul, Rev. Biol. Trop. (Int. J. Trop. Biol. ISSN-0034-7744) Vol. 56 (2): 861-873, June 2008
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