Male fiddler crab

Male fiddler crab

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Male fiddler crab (Uca sp.). This crab is named for the large claw of the male; the movement of the male's smaller claw to its mouth when it is feeding resembles a fiddler moving his bow across his instrument. The large claw is used to attract females and in ritualised courtship disputes between males. The fiddler crab is found on sandy beaches. It digs a burrow, around 30 centimetres deep, just below the high tide line. It feeds on detritus, filtering organic particles from grains of sand. Photographed on Bunaken Island, Indonesia.

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