TitleMud Crab Aquaculture and Fisheries in Coastal Bangladesh
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRahman, MM, Islam, MA, Haque, SM, Wahab, MA
MagazineWorld Aquaculture
Issue Number2
Pagination47 - 52
Date Published2017

Coastal Bangladesh has the most commercially important species of mud crabs Scylla spp., from the family Portunidae (Macintosh et al. 2002). They dig and inhabit burrows in mangrove swamps and shallow, soft-bottom intertidal water bodies (Quinitio et al. 2008). Mud crabs spend most of their life in estuaries and coastal environments that have mud or detritus, debris of leaves, branches, roots and enough shelter materials or places to hide to avoid cannibalism or to molt. Mud crabs are also known commonly as green crabs or mangrove crabs (Sha and Quddus 1982). Mud crabs are omnivorous or scavengers, feeding on dead animal and plant matter. The 734-km long coastline of Bangladesh, with the world’s largest mangrove forest, is a hotspot for diverse aquatic organisms, including mud crabs, providing suitable breeding, feeding and nursery grounds.

Notice of Publication Number

NOP 17-382 (English)