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Birgus latro (coconut crab)

Synonyms: Cancer latro; Pagurus latro

Wikipedia Abstract

The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aldabra Special Reserve 86487 Seychelles    

Prey / Diet

Annona reticulata (custard apple)[1]
Arenga listeri (Lister's Palm)[1]
Calophyllum inophyllum (Alexandrian laurel)[1]
Cocos nucifera (coconut palm)[1]
Discoplax hirtipes[1]
Gecarcoidea natalis (Christmas Island red crab)[1]
Inocarpus fagifer (Tahitian Chestnut)[1]
Ochrosia ackeringae[1]
Pandanus christmatensis[1]
Pandanus elatus[1]


Homo sapiens (man)[2]


Aldabra Special Reserve;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Dietary assimilation and the digestive strategy of the omnivorous anomuran land crab Birgus latro (Coenobitidae); Joanne E. Wilde, Stuart M. Linton, Peter Greenaway; J Comp Physiol B (2004) 174: 299–308
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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