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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...

Using GPS To Monitor Trekking Behavior In Crabs
2012-11-15 17:25:03

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We all know that crabs walk sideways--it´s because that´s the way their legs bend. This side-walking trait allows them to move quickly into and out of small holes and crevasses to escape potential threats. So, we know how and why they walk. We just don´t necessarily know where they walk. That is, until now. Scientists this week from the Zoological Institute at the University of Greifswald, in cooperation with...


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Black-eared Flying Fox, Pteropus melanotus
2013-07-08 14:47:02

The black-eared flying fox (Pteropus melanotus), also known as the Christmas Island flying fox or Blyth's flying fox, is a species of megabat that can be found in India, Indonesia, and Australia. It has a limited range that includes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, Sumatra in Indonesia, and Christmas Island in Australia. It is thought to prefer a habitat within mangrove forests near swamps and can be found at elevations of up to 3,280 feet above sea level. The black-eared flying...

Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

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2008-11-29 20:28:06

The Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta) is a species of swift found in Australia, Brunei, Christmas Island, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu. It is a small (3.5 to 4.33 inch) bird, mostly glossy blue-black or green-black above and dark gray below, with a prominent white abdominal patch. It feeds in flight mostly on flying ants. The Christmas Island population nests primarily 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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2007-02-13 11:13:53

Acanthurus leucosternon is a tropical fish with the common names powder blue tang and powder blue surgeonfish. Appearance The powder blue tang is light blue with yellow and white highlighted fins. Its face is a uniform black with a white outline. The fish doesn't undergo color changes as it matures as some tangs, surgeonfish and unicornfish do. The species can grow to as large as 21.25 in (54 cm). Diet The powder blue tang, like most in the Acanthuridae family eats is herbivorous...

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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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