Shell Use: An Adaptation for Emigration from the Sea by the Coconut Crab

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Science  26 Jul 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3839, pp. 385-386
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3839.385


The coconut crab. Birgus latro (L.) emigrates from the sea during the postlarval glaucothoe stage. Glaucothoes show ancestral hermit crab behavior of living in empty gastropod shells which protect them during this vulnerable time.

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