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Coconut crab

Birgus latro


These crabs can weigh up to 4 kilograms. They come in blue in the pacific but in the Seychelles they are red. The babies use coconut husks or abandoned snail shells for protection against their soft abdomen.


This crab lives in the pacific and indian. The mature crab lives on land unlike many crabs. The babies are spawned in the ocean.

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CEM_Kinloch 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for all your kind comments. I am so excited to be nominated for SOTW, thanks Ashley.

remkinloch 2 years ago

Congratulations Caitie on your nomination - I know you'll be really excited about this! They are certainly fascinating creatures.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Great spotting! I'd love to see one in the wild. So far, I only saw them tied up and ready to be cooked on the market in Vanuatu :-(

triggsturner 2 years ago

Great spotting Catie. Congrats on your nomination.

AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Amazing creatures - thanks for sharing this.

CEM_Kinloch 2 years ago

Thank you for your comments DanielePralong, Dawn D. Lopez and Felix Fleck

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Great spotting! They are spectacular. The ones I saw near Zanzibar had a fait bit of red too:

Super cool! Thanks for sharing!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago


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Lat: -19.10, Long: -169.91

Spotted on Aug 7, 2017
Submitted on Aug 12, 2017

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