The tree hole crab (Globonautes macropus) is a crustacean (crab) belonging to the family Gecarcinucidae. It is a rare species endemic to the upper Guinea forest block of western Libera (Bong, Lofa, and Mesurado Counties) and Guinea. Populations may also occur in the forested parts of Sierra Leone which lie between these two known populations. Only a few specimens remain in the ten sites where it can be found.
The species is restricted to rainforest and requires specialized habitat (rainwater filled natural holes found in suitably-sized trees from one to two meters above ground-level.)
The tree hole crab is threatened by loss of habitat due to human disturbance (deforestation and war/political unrest).
To Cite This Page:
Glenn, C. R. 2006. "Earth's Endangered Creatures - Tree Hole Crab Facts" (Online).
Accessed 5/22/2018 at http://earthsendangered.com/profile.asp?sp=3251&ID=1.
Need more Tree Hole Crab facts?
Eight Species Declared Extinct But May Still be Out There
1. Tasmanian Devil The Tasmanian devil is endemic to Australia. Although this species is called tiger (named for its stripes) and wolf (due to its canid-like appearance), it is not a member of the cat or wolf family. It is a member of the marsupial family. Other members of this family include kangaroos and koala bears.
The last known Tasmanian tiger died in a zoo in Hobart, Tasmania in 1936, but there have been hundreds of unconfirmed sightings, and a reserve has been set up in Southwestern Tasmania in the hopes that possible surviving individuals can have adequate habitat.