robber crab


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robber crab


[From its reputation for stealing objects out of human dwellings .]
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robber crab

n
(Animals) a terrestrial crab, Birgus latro, of the Indo-Pacific region, known for its habit of climbing coconut palms to feed on the nuts
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Robber crab - its claws have a pinching power 70 times its own bodyweight.
Above: Also known as robber crabs, coconut crabs can grow to more than a yard across and weigh up to 10 pounds.
(https://www.britannica.com/animal/robber-crab) Coconut crabs are also known as robber crabs, and are nocturnal creatures that can be found around the Indian Ocean as well as the southwestern Pacific.