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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Female size as a determinant of larval size, weight, and survival period in the coconut crab. Birgus latro.
Understand how patterns from a scientific investigation were used to relate a coconut crab's size and strength.
Effect of temperature on survival and developmental period of coconut crab (Birgus latro) larvae reared in the laboratory.
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To observe a coconut crab attacking and killing a large bird represents newly identified behavior, although others have seen rare attacks before.
The study, titled "A Mighty Claw: Pinching Force of the Coconut Crab, the Largest Terrestrial Crustacean," was published Wednesday in the journal (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0166108) PLOS One .
Above: Also known as robber crabs, coconut crabs can grow to more than a yard across and weigh up to 10 pounds.
is paradise island retreat, just o Mozambique, is a sanctuary for samango monkeys, coconut crabs and 112 species of tropical birds.
Home to the world's largest coral atoll and more than 220 species of coral and 1,000 species of fish, they also act as a refuge and breeding ground for everything from tuna, dolphins and sharks to rare coconut crabs and hawksbill turtles.
The size of the resident Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus) colony was reassuringly stable, and a new survey protocol for coconut crabs (Birgus latro) was tested in the field.
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.