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robber crab

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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  • Large specimens of the robber crab may be at least a foot in length of body when the abdomen is straightened out.

    The Life of Crustacea William Thomas Calman
  • Another land crustacean, Birgus latro, the robber crab, belongs to the previous group.

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