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coconut crab

n.
A large edible terrestrial crab (Birgus latro) that climbs trees, has a diet including coconuts and carrion, and is found on islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Also called robber crab.
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And it's funny, most awful funny, with all those coconuts, not even a coconut crab. The only meat-food living was schools of mullet in the harbour--fattest, finest, biggest mullet I ever laid eyes on.
With spectacular scenes of the islands' steamy jungles, prehistoric-looking coconut crabs, coral gardens and colorful fish, the film imparts a sense of the remote, wild nature of these protected areas.
There are coconut crabs who steal, tigers who deceive their prey, chimps who wage war on their neighbours, a con-man spider, and a hummingbird thief.
Mahaba is also known for its coconut crabs (coconut-eating) and rare red shrimps found in a lagoon in the forested area about 300 meters from the beach.
Coconut crabs live on islands throughout the Pacific Ocean.
Description : The primary objective of this project is to improve the livelihood of the Pulo Anna Island community through the improved management of coconut crabs Bigrus latro which will hopefully lead to an increase in the natural population.
Coconut crabs, found on Pacific islands, are also known as robber crabs because they visit campsites at night and tear open tins.
Coconut crabs, monitor lizards, and a brown tree snake are also on display.
is paradise island retreat, just o Mozambique, is a sanctuary for samango monkeys, coconut crabs and 112 species of tropical birds.
Home to the world's largest coral atoll and more than 220 species of coral and 1,000 species of fish, they also act as a refuge and breeding ground for everything from tuna, dolphins and sharks to rare coconut crabs and hawksbill turtles.
The size of the resident Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus) colony was reassuringly stable, and a new survey protocol for coconut crabs (Birgus latro) was tested in the field.
Robber or coconut crabs - They climb trees to get coconuts, crack them with their claws, and eat the meat.