The Coconut Crab ( Birgus Latro )

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    is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit of terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in today's atmosphere. It is also known as the robber crab or palm thief, because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents. The species inhabits the coastal forest regions of many Indo-Pacific islands, although localized extinction has occurred where the species lives close to humans. They are generally nocturnal and remain hidden during the day, emerging only on some nights to forage. It is a highly apomorphic hermit crab and is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers to eat the contents. It is the only species of the genus Birgus, and is closely related to the terrestrial hermit crabs of the genus Coenobita.

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    1. Patricia Speck 45 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture.

    2. erhan untoro 45 months ago | reply

      berbahaya......nice shot.....

    3. enjoy_fotos 45 months ago | reply

      Super capture my friend
      Excellent image
      I like it!!
      Congratulations

    4. mel . li 45 months ago | reply

      fantastica !!!!!!!=)
      un saludo y buen sabado !!!!!!!!!!!!=)

    5. Pruculy yono 45 months ago | reply

      cantik warnanya,,,,

    6. Noro8 45 months ago | reply

      Big catch!Nice capture!

    7. RZ68 45 months ago | reply

      Ah....it's a monster!

    8. ngchongkin 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the info . Great shot of a multicolored crab !!

    9. Roy Prasad 45 months ago | reply

      Amazing that they would have the strength to crack a coconut! I have broken coconuts, so I know how tough that is!

    10. Khaled Merheb 45 months ago | reply

      Awesome caption !

    11. yemaria 45 months ago | reply

      actually this giy is ready to cook ... this is most expensive crab in Indonesia ^-^... I taste a bit...the meat have coconut aroma ^_^

    12. I Prahin | www.southeastasia-images.com 45 months ago | reply

      Never seen this critter in Thailand. Huge size and interesting colors. I guess they've all been eaten already unfortunately.

    13. old tea [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot!!!

    14. Sayid Budhi 44 months ago | reply

      woww......., Holy CRAP....!!!!!!! lol :))

    15. Alan Wiltcher 27 months ago | reply

      The colours in the pic are terrific. He or she does look a fearsome creature!

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