Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Coconut crab photo - Birgus latro - G7770 - ARKive

Coconut crab photo - Birgus latro - G7770 - ARKive

Coconut crab (Birgus latro)

Coconut crab on palm trunk
Coconut crab on palm trunk
IUCN Red List species status – Data DeficientDATA
DEFICIENT

Description

The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a type of land hermit crab with a spectacular appearance and intriguing biology. Able to grow to relatively gigantic proportions, the coconut crab is probably the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world (2). Indeed, Charles Darwin described the coconut crab as “monstruous” when he encountered it on the Keeling Islands during the voyage of the Beagle (3). Unlike most other hermit crabs, only the very small coconut crab juveniles find and use gastropod shells to protect their soft-skinned abdomen as they develop. Larger juveniles abandon the ...
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