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Lack Of Rain Halts Migration Patterns Of Christmas Island Crabs
2013-10-11 08:56:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Christmas Island red crab makes a hard and amazingly-precise journey every year from its earthen burrow to the shores of the Indian Ocean for weeks of mating and egg-laying. The crabs are native to the Australian territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. When the November rains begin, millions of the crabs begin rolling across the island roads and landscape in crimson waves. Crabs scuttle for two weeks...

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2010-08-29 10:51:46

One of the most spectacular migrations on Earth is that of the Christmas Island red crab (Gecarcoidea natalis).  Acknowledged as one of the wonders of the natural world, every year millions of the crabs simultaneously embark on a five-kilometer breeding migration. Now, scientists have discovered the key to their remarkable athletic feat. A three-year project conducted by a team led by the late Professor Steve Morris from the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences in...


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2008-05-01 00:25:56

The Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis), is a species of terrestrial crab endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Although restricted to a relatively small area, it is estimated that up to 120 million red crabs may live there, making it the most abundant of the 14 terrestrial crab species on Christmas Island. The carapace is up to 4.5 inches long, rounded, and encloses the gills. The claws are usually of equal size, unless one becomes...

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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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