oa African Zoology - Osmoregulation by an estuarine and a marine species of Upogehia (Anomura, Crustacea)

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Studies on osmoregulation by decapod Crustacea are largely based upon the Brachyura and Macrura. Little attention has been given to the Anomura, probably due to availability of material. In southern Africa there are two common species of the burrowing anomuran Upogebia, namely U. africana (Ortmann) and U. capensis (Krauss). Barnard (1950) pointed out that U. africana might merely be a variety of U. capensis although it was possible to distinguish the two on the basis of morphology and distribution. U. capensis is exclusively marine whereas U. africana is mainly an inhabitant of estuaries.

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