Australia Issued Stamps on Robber Crabs of Christmas Islands

australia crab stampsChristmas Island is home to the largest terrestrial arthropod on earth, the Robber Crab (Birgus latro), also known as the Coconut Crab.It is found on islands across the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific Ocean as far east as the Gambier Islands.The coconut crab, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief.These are found in most parts of the island and usually venture out at night or on overcast days. They forage on vegetable material or carrion on the forest floor. The Robber Crab is also found on other tropical islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but Christmas Island supports the world’s largest population.These huge crabs can weight up to four kilograms and have an impressive leg span of around 800mm.

Date of Issue: 26 April 2016

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