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Mangrove crab

Scylla serrata

Description:

Dead and desiccated crab; three legs on starboard and only one to port; one eye missing but no eye-patch. Hours in the hot sun may have turned it orange-pink where it might have normally been olive to brown.

Habitat:

At the high tide mark among mangroves.

Notes:

These crabs are highly cannibalistic in nature and when another crab undergoes moulting the hard shelled ones attack the moulting crabs and devour them.

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Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

3980, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Mar 7, 2012

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