Mud Crub Culture

Mud crabs, locally known as alimango, inhabit brackishwater and marine environments and prefer muddy and sandy bottoms. They dig deep burrows in mangroves and soft substrates in shallow or intertidal waters. Mud crab juveniles (crablets) are obtained from the wild and recently from the hatchery. Crablets are cultured for 4-5 months. Lean crabs are fattened for 30-45 days.

The four mud crab species are the following:

  • Giant or king mud crab (Scylla serrata)
  • Purple mud crab (Scylla traquebarica)
  • Orange mud crab (Scylla olivacea)
  • Green mud crab (Scyall paramamosain)

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For more information, contact:

SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
Room 102, Ground Floor, Philippine Social Science Center
Commonwealth Ave. corner Central Ave.
1101 Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: (02) 455-0981, 927-5542
Telefax: (02) 927-7825
E-mail: [email protected]

SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department
Tigbauan 5021, Iloilo
Trunkline connecting all offices:
(033) 315-5665
(033) 511-9170 to 71
Email: [email protected]


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