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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Ontogeny of sinking velocity, body density, and phototactic behaviour in larvae of the coconut crab Birgus latro: implications for larval dispersal and recruitment in the sea.
data 1997), the coconut crab, Birgus latro (Lavery et al.
Indo-Pacific population structure and evolutionary history of the coconut crab Birgus latro. Molec.
Reproductive season and female maturity size of coconut crab Birgus latro on Hatoma Island, southern Japan.
Adaptations to a terrestrial existence by the Robber Crab Birgus latro. II.
Post-exercise acid-base balance and ventilatory control in Birgus latro, the coconut crab.
Plausible causes for sperm-store variations in the coconut crab Birgus latro under large selective harvesting.
The coconut crab Birgus latro (Gross, 1995), the lined shore crab Pachygrapsus crassipes (Gross, 1957), and the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus (Davenport et al., 1980) all show modulation of behavior in response to changes in the concentration of their body fluids.
This is similar to the arrangement in Birgus latro, a species in which the optic lobes are located within the body of the protocerebrum (Sandeman et al., 1993).