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  Coconut crab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Coconut crabs cut holes into coconuts with their strong claws and eat the contents; this behavior is unique in the animal kingdom.
The coconut crab is eaten by the Pacific islanders, and is considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac, with a taste similar to lobster and crabmeat.
While the coconut crab itself is not poisonous, it may become poisonous depending on its diet, and cases of coconut crab poisoning have occurred.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Coconut_crab   (2662 words)

 Coconut crab: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Coconut crabs often try to steal food from each other and pull their food into their burrows to be safe while eating.
Coconut crabs cut holes into coconuts with their strong claws and eat the contents; this behavior is unique in the animal[For more, click on this link] kingdom kingdom (biology) quick summary:
The flat-clawed hermit crab (pagurus pollicaris) is a hermit crab commonly found along the atlantic coast of the united statesu.s.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/co/coconut_crab.htm   (5888 words)

 Coconut Crab – in need for recognition
Coconut crab is a very gentle non-aggressive animal, it surrenders itself to hunters in the night to be caught, tied and bagged for the market.
The crab has developed a sense of comfort to live off the land by developing climbing skills to fetch food from tree tops, digging skills to burrow underground and into tree trunks to hide, possess gills to survive when drawn, lay its eggs or to drink a little saltwater to maintain its body salt.
Coconut crab can be made an extra special menu for an extra special value to attract more appreciation.
www.news.vu /en/news/environment/coconut-crab-in-need.shtml   (1149 words)

 Drift Seeds and Drift Fruits
Coconuts prefer the well-drained coral sand beaches of tropical islands and atolls, and are poorly established along shores of continents.
Although the coconut is the best known drift fruit it is also one of the world's most valuable trees, providing thatching, food, drink, coir, copra, oil, and hard endocarps which are fashioned into all sorts of decorative and useful articles.
The widespread distribution of the coconut crab (Birgus latro) coincides with coconut palms throughout the tropical Pacific region.
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 Zoology Unlimited, Endangered Species Surveys
Coconut crabs can grow quite large, to 4kg, and ages in excess of 50 years have been suggested.
Coconut crabs are gathered for consumption throughout their range.
This study involved removing coconut crabs from a five hectare plot as a form of mitigation for an expanding rock quarry on the island of Saipan, The original building permit states that the area in question was an important molting grounds for crabs.
www.endangeredspeciessurveys.com /wildlife/coconut_crab.htm   (503 words)

 SetSail.com - the serious cruising sailor's website
The coconut crab is a staple part of the diet for some of the Ni-Vanuatu living on the remote outer islands.
The coconut crab carries the odor of the rich, loamy, jungle topsoil of the island and lives on a diet of--you guessed it--coconuts.
The coconut crab's claws and pincers are strong enough to husk a coconut, an operation that requires a great deal of strength, skill and a big machete on the part of us upper primates.
www.setsail.com /s_logs/backhus/george100.html   (1553 words)

The study found that the coconut crab was in all probability suffering from over-exploitation and that immediate remedial measures were necessary to ensure that stock levels did not decline further.
The detailed coconut crab population survey, which is the subject of this report, commenced in 1990 and ran for 71/2 months.
Given a 5 year cycle for successful recruitment, it is suggested that reproductive viability of the coconut crab population on Niue requires that females be able to produce at least 5 batches of eggs (1 batch per year) prior to their removal from the population as a result of natural mortality or hunting pressure.
www.fao.org /docrep/field/003/AC281E/AC281E02.htm   (959 words)

 Coconut crabs have beauty and spunk
Coconut crabs are scarce in their South Pacific island homes, because people have over-hunted them.
Young coconut crabs are fast runners, but the big ones (10 to 20 pounds) stand their ground when confronted by a human.
Coconut crabs arrive on islands from the sea.
www.susanscott.net /OceanWatch2005/apr22-05.html   (463 words)

 Crab cakes, coconut shrimp are winners at downtown cafe: 5/30/02
At $8.95, this dish consisted of six very lovely shrimp dredged in a coconut breading and served with sides of cocktail sauce and a thick, sweet honey sauce the consistency of a chutney.
as soon as she got to the coconut almond wedge with mangoes and whipped cream ($5.95), the coconut freak reared its ugly head again.
It was an extremely rich coconut and almond torte laced with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, whipped cream, four thinly-sliced mangoes and, as Joanie put it, "one big mother of a sliced strawberry."
www.s-t.com /daily/05-02/05-30-02/c04lo100.htm   (848 words)

 Land Hermit Crab Research
The robber crab, which is descended from marine crabs, had to develop a new way of smelling things when it moved out of the sea and on to land.
The winner's crab is crowned 'Miss Crustacean' and is paraded in front of a large crowd at the Sixth Street beach to the tune, 'There she is, Miss Crustacean.' The winner gets the Cucumber Rind Cup - a trophy with an actual cucumber, a preferred food of hermit crabs.
The Coconut Crab: Aspects of the biology and ecology of Birgus latro in the Republic of Vanuatu.
coenobitaresearch.blogspot.com   (3238 words)

 CNMI DFW   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Coconut crab (Birgus latro) is the largest land crab in the world.
Adult Coconut crabs have a bluish hue on their exoskeleton that is very distinctive.
Coconut crabs have gills that they keep moist by dipping their back legs into pools of water.
www.cnmidfw.org /wildlife/cocrab/cocrab1.html   (84 words)

 PBS - The Voyage of the Odyssey - Track the Voyage - Papua New Guinea
The coconut is in fact the largest in the hermit crab family.
Several hundred of these vulnerable crabs were consumed by tourists, dignitaries and Government officials in just one sitting during the millennium celebrations on Caroline Island, the first Island to see the sun rise at the dawn of the new century.
The coconut crab has been unable to sustain its numbers in the face of such an assault and sadly, is now listed as an endangered species.
www.pbs.org /odyssey/odyssey/20010223_log_transcript.html   (675 words)

 Tree-climbing Crab
Commonly known as the robber crab or the coconut crab, the tree-climbing crab is the largest land invertebrate.
It is also interesting to note that the coconut crab still needs to drink seawater from time to time to maintain the salt level.
One interesting way of catching one of these crabs is to place a patch of grass on a palm tree, which is already occupied by a crab.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/animals_amazing_facts/77435   (475 words)

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Mother crab releases hatchlings on the sea shore and small crabs with adult's shape land with snail's shells as shelters (like other land hermits).
It's observed that crabs carry coconut fruits to their retreats (as they are named "Robber Crab" and even Latin name "latro" means robber).
Coconut tree can grow a few meters so is not practical for indoor arrangement.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/Valley/8116/tortoise/coconut2.html   (660 words)

 marine Life
The biggest land crab is the coconut crab (Birgus latro), which lives on islands in the Pacific Ocean having a leg span up to a meter.
The Porcelain crab is a bit of a dilemma or taxonomists as it has a tail, which is virtually not found among crabs.
Their favorite meal is obviously the coconut and though they are good climbers, they only eat the ones that have fallen on the ground, as the fruit has to be ripe.
www.diver.com.ph /thaidiver/TD2-1/TD-2.1Crabby_Delights.htm   (1097 words)

 Crustaceans: crabs, crayfish, shrimp
This is the largest land invertebrate, and a formidable crab, with a leg span up to 75 cm.
Feeding: These crabs are omnivorous, and Robertson reported the acceptance of coconuts, dead mice, fruits, fish, and small crabs.
Robertson, M. Husbandry and moulting behavior of the Robber or Coconut crab Birgus latro at London Zoo.
www.herper.com /crustaceans/cococrab.html   (243 words)

 Animal Report- Coconut Crab   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Coconut Crab is the largest land invertebrate; (animal not having a back bone).
The Coconut Crab is an Arthropod; an animal with a hard outer skeleton jointed body and limbs.
The Coconut Crab has earned his nickname, the Robber Crab, because if there's a thrown out can it will dig its hammer like claws into the can and eat the food.
wilburnes.wcpss.net /newsome/animals/crab.html   (308 words)

 Coenobitidae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Coenobitidae are a family of hermit crabs with only two genera: Birgus (Leach, 1816), the coconut crab, and Coenobita (Latreille, 1825), a genus of terrestrial hermit crabs centred in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but also extending to the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea.
Land Hermit Crabs Detailed care articles, explaining the proper care of a pet land hermit crab
Crab Street Journal The definitive site on hermit crabs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Coenobitidae   (183 words)

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"Coconut Crabs (Robber Crabs, Birgus latro)are believd to be a kind of spider", says people in the Pascific.
In case of coconut crab, they abandoned snail shell as necessary shelter, and developped hardened skin so that they can grow further.
As the crab is known as professional tree climber, small plant pot was introduced.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/Valley/8116/tortoise/coconut.html   (325 words)

 Coconut Crab - Birgus latro
The immense Coconut Crab (or Robber Crab) is the largest terrestrial arthropod on earth, (Grub 1971).
The Coconut Crab comes from the same family as the hermit crab.
The crab is also present outside the tropics on islands washed with tropical warm currents.
www.coconutcrab.co.uk   (498 words)

 Coconut Crab - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Coconut Crab - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Hermit crabs are often forced to seek new shells because they have outgrown their old ones and have to moult; they change their housing whenever...
The tree, called the coconut palm, has a...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Coconut_Crab.html   (121 words)

 Ladywildlife's Robber Crab Page
The robber crab is also called the “coconut” crab because it sometimes feeds on coconuts.
Sometimes they chase other crabs to their burrows, where they pull off and eat the claws that the crabs use to defend themselves.
The robber crab has become so adapted to living on land that it will drown if it is submerged in water for more than a few minutes.
ladywildlife.com /animal/robbercrab.html   (829 words)

 Coconut Crab (Ayuyu) descending coconut tree   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
They climb coconut trees, twist off coconuts, which are allowed to crash to the ground.
The crab then descends, and if the nut was not broken in the fall the crab uses its impressive claws to rip open the coconut.
there are some huge coconut crabs here on base because the locals cant get to them and very few people in the navy catch them.
www.mpwarner.com /in-depth/image-22337.html   (619 words)

Fletcher, W.J., I.W. Brown, D.R. Fielder and A. Obed 1991 In: Brown, I.W. And D.R. Fielder, eds., The Coconut Crab: Aspects of Birgus latro biology and ecology in the Republic of Vanuatu.
In: Brown, I.W. and D.R. Fielder, eds., The Coconut Crab: Aspects of Birgus latro biology and ecology in the Republic of Vanuatu.
Reese, E.S. Shell use: an adaptation for emigration from the sea by the coconut crab.
www.fao.org /docrep/field/003/AC281E/AC281E12.htm   (484 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
It attacks coconuts which are split or sprouted a bit, cracking them open or drilling through the eye of the coconut with its powerful claws.
Apparently, one way humans catch these crabs is to place a circlet of grass high up on a palm tree which already has a crab in it.
Robber Crabs mate on land and the female deposits the fertilised eggs in the sea.
www.szgdocent.org /resource/ff/f-robcrb.htm   (688 words)

 Coconut-eating crab extinct from Great Nicobar? - Sify.com
Not even one of the hundreds of thousands of great Robber Crab, that crawled the pristine beaches of Great Nicobar Islands and fed on coconuts, has been sighted by forest officials even a year into the tsunami.
Deriving its name from its propensity to steal shiny items like pots and silverware from houses, the Robber crab was as common on the shores of Great Nicobar as is holy cow in any Indian City.
Living alone in underground burrows and rock crevices, these crabs dug into their own burrows and closed the entrance with the claws to create a moist home for nesting.
sify.com /news/fullstory.php?id=14056955   (300 words)

 Cook Islands Biodiversity : Home
They are nocturnal omnivores, with a preference for coconut meat.
He did not find Coconut Palms on the Atlantic coast of Africa nor in southern Africa.
On this way home he left coconuts at Cape Verde, the first in the Atlantic.
cookislands.bishopmuseum.org   (640 words)

 Crabs - THE BLUE CRAB HOME PAGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Tanner crabs (Chionoecetes bairdi and C. opilio) are two of the four species of the These crabs are also marketed under their trade names: snow crab (C. Maryland Office of Tourism - Dining
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From a historical perspective, crabs in general have been viewed with disdain or infamously links to internet sites on blue crabs and other crab species
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