Real Famous Jamaicans
The Endemic Crabs of Jamaica
Jamaica has an extraordinary high number of
endemic species of freshwater and terrestrial crabs.
Living in rivers and streams:
bidentatum Benedict, 1892
Central-eastern Jamaica and western Blue Mountains.
windsor Türkay & Diesel 1994
Central Jamaica, northeastern Cockpit Country, including caves.
fossarum Schubart, Reimer, Diesel &
Central-western Jamaica, western Cockpit Country.
ayatum Schubart, Reimer & Diesel,
Eastern Jamaica, including eastern Blue Mountains.
dolphinum Reimer, Schubart & Diesel,
Western Jamaica, Mount Dolphin Head.
Sesarma meridies Schubart & Koller, 2005
South-eastern Cockpit Country.
In limestone caves
verleyi Rathbun, 1914 - The cave crab
A true troglobite, living in caves of central and western Jamaica.
In the rainforest
cookie Hartnoll, 1971 - The John Crow
Only known from higher elevations of the John Crow Mountains. Probably
the rarest crab species on the island.
jarvisi Rathbun, 1914 - The snail crab
In the forests of central western Jamaica. Inhabits the shells of
depressus Rathbun, 1896 - The bromeliad
In the forests of central western Jamaica. Inhabits bromeliads.