Predation of the fiddler crab, Minuca osa (Brachyura: Ocypodidae), by Eudocimus albus (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae) from Ponuga, Veraguas, Panama

Keywords: White Ibis, Uca, mangrove, chela, camera trap


Numerous avian species prey on fiddler crabs, yet the ecological relationships involving Minuca osa crabs and their predators remain poorly understood. We report the first documented cases of M. osa predation by White Ibis, Eudocimus albus. Three distinct predation events were observed: June 3rd, 2021, November 10th, 2022, and November 25th, 2022, in the Gulf of Montijo, Veraguas, Panama. Examination of E. albus feces provided confirmation of such predator-prey interaction.


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Roberto C. Lombardo-González, Universidad de Panamá

Centro Regional Universitario de Veraguas.

Centro de Capacitación, Investigación y Monitoreo de la Biodiversidad en el Parque Nacional Coiba


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How to Cite
Lombardo-González, R. (2023). Predation of the fiddler crab, Minuca osa (Brachyura: Ocypodidae), by Eudocimus albus (Pelecaniformes: Threskiornithidae) from Ponuga, Veraguas, Panama. Journal of Marine and Coastal Sciences, 15(2), 2-17.
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