Fiddler crabs

Fiddler crabs

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fiddler crabs, species unknown, at low tide. The fiddler crab gets its name from the single 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. Fiddler crabs dig burrows just below the high tide line. They feed on detritus, filtering organic particles from grains of sand. Among the crabs are mangrove tree breathing roots (pneumatophores), an adapatation to the low oxygen levels in silty soil. Photographed in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.

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