coconut crab

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coconut crab:

see hermit crabhermit crab,
a crustacean distinguished from true crabs by its long, soft, spirally coiled abdomen terminating in an asymmetrically hooked tail. Most hermit crabs protect this vulnerable portion of their bodies by occupying the empty shells of periwinkles, whelks, and other
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Caption: A coconut crab can use its powerful front claws to lift up to 62 pounds
Coconut crabs live on islands throughout the Pacific Ocean.
3) Coconut Crab Cakes (4) Padma was a fixture in New York high society circles as Mrs.
The paper explains that the coconut crab, scientific name Birgus latro, is "the world's largest terrestrial invertebrate, growing to what Charles Darwin described as 'a monstrous size.
They theorize: "The strong claws of the coconut crab are likely associated with the loss of shelter it underwent through the course of its evolution.
Robber or coconut crabs - They climb trees to get coconuts, crack them with their claws, and eat the meat.
Since Earhart went missing, several theories have made the rounds, with the latest one blaming coconut crabs for eating the pilot's remains after her plane crash-landed on Nikumaroro, or Gardner Island.
Harry Jaminola also exposed us to the very succulent coconut crabs from Pola, Mindoro Oriental.
One moment you're dining with the islanders: "When a feast is planned, pulaka pits are raided, coconut crabs are hauled from their burrows, birds are lured down from the sky, and local pigs are doomed.