Birgus latro
Coconut Crab Kaveu RR
Birgus latro
Coconut Crab Kaveu RR
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    Intl. NamesCoconut CrabEN   Robber CrabEN   Crabe de CocotierFR
    Local NamesKaveuRR,TNs,TNw,PK  Unga Puku‘araMG  Unga KaveuAT,MK,AK,RK  UngaMK  Ūngākave‘uMT  Unga KoveuMH         
    Pacific NamesNo Content
    Sci. NamesBirgus latro (accepted name)
    High Tax. Eng.Invertebrate, Arthropod, Crustacean, Hermit Crab
    High Tax. Latink.ANIMALIA, p.ARTHROPODA, c.MALACOSTRACA, o.Decapoda, f.COENOBITIDAE
    Natl. PresenceSthPNthPOceanic?Present
    Sth. PresenceRR+MGPATPMKPMTPAK+PLPMN?TKP
    Nth. PresenceTNPMHPRKPPK+++NSPSWP
    VouchersRR2005   AT2000   PK2004  
    OriginNative; Resident
    Global RangeNative: islands only: Mauritius - Tuamotu; n. to s.Japan, s. to New Caledonia. (Not in Australia, nor Papua New Guinea); 
    HabitatLand and Aquatic; Lowlands; Marine [Breed in ocean]
    ThreatenedNo Content
    InvasivenessNo Content
    BiosecurityNo Content
    Medical StatusNo Content
    UsesFlesh food
    Key FeaturesThe largest land-crab, deep blue or tinged red. Thorax is wing-like, with a central "wishbone". The left claw (chela) is massive, the right smaller. Two pairs of walking legs (periopods), and smaller hind pair of appendages with terminal claws. FEMALES have 3 large feathery pleopods under the abdomen to support teh egg mass.

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    Coconut crab and coconut husks, Line Islands

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    feeding in pandanus (Pukapuka)

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    Juvenile and adult coconut crabs

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    Female showing rear legs

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    Juvenile - 10mm Thoracic Length

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    Walking Larva (glaucothoe)

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    Citation Information

    McCormack, Gerald (2009-2017) Cook Islands Biodiversity & Ethnobiology Database, Version 2017.1. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at http://cookislands.pacificbiodiversity.net
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    speciesid 7038

    Coconut crab and coconut husks, Line Islands

    speciesid 7038

    feeding in pandanus (Pukapuka)


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    Birgus latro
    Coconut Crab
    Kaveu RR
    COENOBITIDAE

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