Freshwater crab entangled in a gillnet in Kyafukuma River (Zambia)

Photos’ credit: Alick Grunnie Mbewe (Zambia)

Review: Alick Grunnie Mbewe and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)

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The inserted photos show a freshwater crab, (Potamonautes sp) captured by a gill net in Kyafukuma River, Solwezi District. These crabs can forage over considerable distance by night and they may get entangled in the nets while approaching for feeding on the fishes that could be captured in the nets. This foraging activity may destroy fishermen nets.

While these crabs will feed readily on fishes entangled in gill nets, they may feed –out of water- on algal materials, as well as fragments of terrestrial plants.

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