Christmas Island Crabs Stamp from Australia Post

\"\"The land crabs of Christmas Island are remarkable for their abundance and the role they play in the ecology of the island’s rainforest.Through their scavenging activities they recycle utrients locked in fallen leaves. Their burrowing tills the soil and their browsing on tree fruits and shoots is probably an important factor in determining forest composition.Twenty-three land or freshwater crabs have been identified on the island.Red crab Gecarcoidea natalis (60c)The sight of the red crabs on their annual breeding migration is one of the outstanding natural spectacles of the world.Robber crab Birgus latro (60c).The robber crab lives mainly on fallen leaves and fruits of the rainforest, and is one of the largest and most common crabs on Christmas Island.Jackson’s crab Karstarma jacksoni ($1.20)Along with the red and blue crabs, Jackson’s crab is thought to be endemic to Christmas Island and is found in cool, moist environments.Blue crab Discoplax hirtipes ($1.20)The blue crab lives mainly on the fallen leaves and fruits of the rainforest and is one of the largest and most common crabs found on Christmas Island.

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