Hermit crab

Hermit crab

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hermit crab, species unknown. Hermit crabs have no hard shells of their own, so use the shells of dead molluscs for protection. This crab is walking between breathing roots (pneumatophores) from mangrove trees. These vertical roots are an adaptation to the fact that the soil in the swampy, coastal environment is low in oxygen. They are exposed to the air at low tide. Photographed in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

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Keywords: africa, african, animal, beach, botany, breathing roots, cabo delgado, crustacean, del gado, hermit crab, invertebrate, invertebrates, mangrove, mozambican, mozambique, nature, pneumatophores, tree, trees, wildlife, zoology

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