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fiddler crab

n.
Any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of coastal areas, the male of which has one greatly enlarged claw.

fiddler crab

n
(Animals) any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of American coastal regions, the males of which have one of their anterior pincer-like claws very much enlarged
[C19: referring to the rapid fiddling movement of the enlarged anterior claw of the males, used to attract females]

fid′dler crab`


n.
any small burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male.
[1700–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fiddler crab - burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the malefiddler crab - burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the male
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
genus Uca, Uca - fiddler crabs
Translations
سرطان صَغير
krab bojovný
vinkekrabbe
intõrák
veifukrabbi
krab bojovný
iri kıskaçlı yengeç

fiddler crab

nWinkerkrabbe f

fiddle

(ˈfidl) noun
1. a violin. She played the fiddle.
2. a dishonest business arrangement. He's working a fiddle over his taxes.
verb
1. to play a violin. He fiddled while they danced.
2. (with with) to make restless, aimless movements. Stop fiddling with your pencil!
3. to manage (money, accounts etc) dishonestly. She has been fiddling the accounts for years.
ˈfiddler noun
fiddler crab
a small crab, the male of which has an enlarged claw.
on the fiddle
dishonest. He's always on the fiddle.
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Reproduction of the fiddler crabs Uca longisignalis and Uca spinicarpa in a Gulf of Mexico salt marsh.
Ten species of fiddler crabs show intraspecific variation in carapace shape, among those populations distributed along the Brazilian coast (Hampton et al.
This dimorphism is even greater in fiddler crabs Uca tangeri, in which the major claws of males are used for signaling to females to attract them to their breeding burrows and to defend their burrows from other males.
I have shown in recent investigations that fiddler crabs have highly-acute sensitivity to polarized light across their whole visual field.
Fiddler crabs, species of Uca Leach, 1814, are one of the most familiar and abundant inhabitants of mangrove forests and estuaries in the tropical, subtropical and temperate areas of the world (Crane, 1975; Thurman et al.
Another study involving Professor Marshall, published in the same edition of Current Biology, showed that linear polarised light is used as a form of communication by fiddler crabs.
Nature lovers can take part in the conservation of Klong Muang Beach's Fiddler Crabs, play a variety of water sports, or stroll through the ground's unspoilt mangroves.
Fiddler crabs, ospreys, painted salamanders, turkey vultures, ringtails, spittlebugs, and earthworms are just a few of the species featured who have special ways of adapting to the heat of the mid-solstice summer sun.
Use live or frozen shrimp, sand fleas and fiddler crabs fished on a small hook.
A bus ride away from here is Tai O, a tranquil fishing village with mangroves, fiddler crabs and stilt houses studded with "billions of blistering barnacles" that Captain Haddock would be proud of.
We can get close to osprey nests and see diamondback terrapins poking their heads out of the water, egrets catching minnows, fiddler crabs on the mudflats, and clearnosed skates gliding through the shallows.
London, Sept 6 (ANI): Ever wondered why fiddler crabs have such a ridiculously large claw?