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Coconut crab

Birgus latro

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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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10 Comments

CEM_Kinloch
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
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
triggsturner 2 years ago

Great spotting Catie. Congrats on your nomination.

AshleyT
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
CEM_Kinloch 2 years ago

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

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Great spotting! They are spectacular. The ones I saw near Zanzibar had a fait bit of red too:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/787...

Super cool! Thanks for sharing!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Awesome!

CEM_Kinloch
Spotted by
CEM_Kinloch

Niue

Lat: -19.10, Long: -169.91

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

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