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New tree-living crab species found in Kerala
A new species has discovered by scientists of long-legged, tree-dwelling crabs in Western Ghats of Kerala. This new species named Kani maranjandu after the Kani tribe in Kerala are substantially different from other congeners.
- Kani maranjandu is the first crab species of its kind to offer a record of an arboreal crab (species that lives in trees).
- The Characteristic traits: Its upper shell is hard, its male abdominal structure and reproductive parts and diagnostic elongated walking legs.
- The discovery also stresses the need for conservation of large trees in the degraded forest ecosystems of the Western Ghats.