Tuesday, May 12, 2009

One Big Crab

Hi Marty,

I thought the globetrotting GPK'rs could check this out.

Mary, Nanaimo BC

Meet the Coconut Crab.The delicious but rare Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is reported to be the largest land-livin g arthropod in the worldThe Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the world's largest land-crab, often reaching 5kg. (for our American friends, that is just over 11lbs!)

They take 7-12 years to reach sexual maturity, and can live more than 50 years. They are nocturnal omnivores, with a preference for coconut meat.

Adult Coconut Crabs usually live within a few hundred metres of the shore, although they sometimes wander inland more than a kilometre. Years ago a researcher met a large blue one on the summit of Mount ‘Ikurangi(485m elevation and about 2.5km from the shore).

Thanks Mary

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