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Beware Of House-Jacking Hermit Crabs
2012-10-27 06:28:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In their search for larger homes, land-based hermit crabs will socialize with their fellow decapods only to force them out of their shells and claim it for their own, researchers from the University of California-Berkeley have discovered. While all types of hermit crabs will claim abandoned snail shells as their own, only the terrestrial types of these crustaceans hollow them out and remodel the shells. This allows them to...

Odor Perception In Terrestrial Hermit Crabs Increased By Humidity
2012-07-05 09:13:27

Olfaction in land crabs is still in an early transitional stage between life in water and on land Max Planck scientists have found out that the olfactory system in hermit crabs is still underdeveloped in comparison to that of vinegar flies. While flies have a very sensitive sense of smell and are able to identify various odor molecules in the air, crabs recognize only a few odors, such as the smell of organic acids, amines, aldehydes, or seawater. Humidity significantly enhanced electrical...

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2010-04-26 14:35:00

Previously unknown group behaviors lead to better housing for all Everyone wants to live in the nicest possible house, ideally with regular upgrades. A recent study by biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences and the New England Aquarium reveals that hermit crabs may locate new and improved housing using previously unknown social networking skills. The scientists combined field studies, lab experiments and computer models to uncover some surprising new tricks that could...


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2008-05-04 22:45:28

The Ruggie (Coenobita rugosus), is a species of land hermit crab native to Australia and the east African coast to the southwest Pacific. The Ruggie has four walking legs, a small pincer, a large pincer, and antennae. When threatened it is able to make a 'chirping' sound by rubbing its large pincer against its shell as a way to deter predators. They vary in color depending on nutritional intake and common colors include green, brown and tan; but black, white, pink, and blue have also been...

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2008-05-02 01:10:06

The Ecuadorian Hermit Crab (Coenobita compressus), also known as the Pacific hermit crab is a species of land hermit crab commonly sold in the United States as a pet, along with the Caribbean hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus). It is a member of the phylum Arthropoda and the class Malacostraca. Native to Ecuador and Chile, these hermit crabs live on the Pacific seashore around the tidal pools and high-tide zone. Their bodies have adapted to this seashore existence and are able to metabolize...

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2008-05-01 00:30:17

The Strawberry Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita perlatus), is a species of terrestrial hermit crab. They are native to the Indo-Pacific region, specifically Madagascar, Japan, and Australia and in other areas around the Red Sea and the Pacific. However, they have spread to other Atlantic regions because humans have brought them there. Still, they have a harder time surviving on Cape Cod (Massachusetts) than they do in Kapiti Island (a small island off the coast of Paraparaumu, New Zealand)....

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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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