Specialty: Freshwater crabs
Célio received his doctorate in zoology from the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) in 1991 on the taxonomy of freshwater crabs of the family Trichodactylidae. He currently lives in Manaus with his wife and two daughters.
Why crabs? "I was working on the biology of freshwater shrimps when my colleagues who were studying fish noticed that many species of fish and river otter has the remains of crabs in their stomachs. They asked me if I could identify them, and I became interested in studying crabs."
What was your favorite moment in the field? "I like the unexpected, not to find a new species, but something you did not think would be there. There was a time in the Amazon basin I came across a female crab of a certain species carrying eggs. It is difficult to find around Manaus. I took them back and raised them. I would have never found it if I was looking for it."
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