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Antarctic King Crabs May Actually Be Native
2013-07-05 05:58:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Citing the recent discovery of a major colony of King crabs near Antarctica, some global warming alarmists theorize that rising temperatures have allowed the crabs to claim territory that was previously uninhabitable. According to a new review of crab records published in the journal PLOS ONE, the crabs are not newly established settlers; they've been there all along. The so-called "invasion hypothesis is based on a geographically...

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...

2009-07-02 11:08:31

Researchers from the University of Southampton have drawn together 200 years' worth of oceanographic knowledge to investigate the distribution of a notorious deep-sea giant - the king crab. The results, published this week in the Journal of Biogeography, reveal temperature as a driving force behind the divergence of a major seafloor predator; globally, and over tens of millions of years of Earth's history.In deep seas all over the world, around 100 species of king crabs live largely...

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2009-03-27 13:26:58

New research published by a Queen's University Belfast academic has shown that crabs not only suffer pain but that they retain a memory of it. The study, which looked at the reactions of hermit crabs to small electric shocks, was carried out by Professor Bob Elwood and Mirjam Appel from the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's and has been published in the journal Animal Behavior. Professor Elwood, who previously carried out a study showing that prawns endure pain, said his research...

2009-02-26 11:03:33

Next time you have an unlucky encounter with a crab's pinchers, consider that the claw tips may be reinforced with bromine-rich biomaterial 1.5 times harder than acrylic glass and extremely fracture resistant, says a University of Oregon scientist.Residents on the U.S. West Coast may have had close encounters with the biomaterial -- detailed by a seven-member team in a paper published online in advance of regular publication in the Journal of Structural Biology. The translucent substance...

2009-02-20 09:55:54

An article by Princeton Biologist Mark Laidre suggests that when an animal signals an intent to attack, chances are it's not bluffing. Using hermit crabs as subjects, Laidre tested previous mathematical models that predict animals have a significant incentive to give dishonest signals about their intentions. Some models suggest that animals may lie about their intentions up to 40 percent of the time. Laidre used dummy hermit crabs to invade the personal space of live crabs. Contrary to the...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

By Amanda McGregor, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jul. 9--SALEM -- The Atlantic Ocean served as a classroom yesterday for students who mucked along the shore on a scientific mission. About 45 first- and second-graders from Saltonstall School crammed the shoreline at Forest River Park around 12:30 p.m. to watch a team of three state scientists wade into the water with a giant net to catch a haul of ocean critters. The children clamored and shrieked as they plucked crabs, flounder and...


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2008-05-04 22:30:19

The Halloween Crab (Gecarcinus quadratus or Gercarcinus ruricola), also known as the moon crab, should not be confused with the Halloween hermit crab. They dig burrows in rainforest habitat and are native to Central America. It lives in the forest at least some of its adult life. They have lungs that need to be moist all the time. If not, they could dry out and die. The Halloween crab is very territorial and will fight back if threatened. Photo Copyright and Credit

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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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