Maltese freshwater crab

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Maltese freshwater crabMaltese freshwater crab_header_cell_0_0_0
Scientific classificationMaltese freshwater crab_header_cell_0_1_0
Kingdom:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_2_0 AnimaliaMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_2_1
Phylum:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_3_0 ArthropodaMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_3_1
Subphylum:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_4_0 CrustaceaMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_4_1
Class:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_5_0 MalacostracaMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_5_1
Order:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_6_0 DecapodaMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_6_1
Family:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_7_0 PotamidaeMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_7_1
Genus:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_8_0 PotamonMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_8_1
Species:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_9_0 P. fluviatileMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_9_1
Subspecies:Maltese freshwater crab_cell_0_10_0 P. f. lanfrancoiMaltese freshwater crab_cell_0_10_1
Trinomial nameMaltese freshwater crab_header_cell_0_11_0

The Maltese freshwater crab (Qabru) is a subspecies of freshwater crab, endemic to certain areas within the Maltese Islands. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_0

It is very rare and its numbers have been decreasing in recent years. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_1

General features Maltese freshwater crab_section_0

The Maltese freshwater crab (known as the Qabru in Maltese) is a decapod (a crustacean with 10 legs). Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_2

It can grow up to 80 millimetres (3 in) in width. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_3

It is greenish-grey with some occasional orange-yellow patches, and an overall purple hue on the legs. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_4

Habitat Maltese freshwater crab_section_1

The Maltese freshwater crab is found where fresh water / running water is present throughout the year although it does live near pools and springs too. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_5

It is found in Imtaħleb, Baħrija, Għajn Żejtuna in Mellieħa and San Martin in Malta and in Lunzjata Valley in Gozo. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_6

When threatened, the crab takes shelter by hiding under rocks or stones in the water and among vegetation, or by entering the burrows it digs. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_7

These burrows are dug in mud or clay and can be more than 50 cm deep. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_8

Part of the burrow is normally flooded. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_9

Food Maltese freshwater crab_section_2

The Maltese freshwater crab is carnivorous and feeds on other smaller animals such as tadpoles. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_10

It usually feeds after sunset. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_11

Population Maltese freshwater crab_section_3

The numbers of this freshwater crab are steadily declining as a result of pollution of water, drying up of streams and because of its capture by humans. Maltese freshwater crab_sentence_12

See also Maltese freshwater crab_section_4

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