December 21st, 2014

Spotted Reef Crab – the endangered species of Oceania

Tags: hurries to inform that Cook Islands Post has released a series of stamps dedicated to its endangered species, in particular, Spotted Reef Crabs. The issue consists of four stamps that were unveiled and put into circulation on the 28th of November.

The conspicuous coloring of the spotted reef or coral crab is highly distinctive. Its smooth, light brown carapace has two large red spots behind each eye, three across the middle, and either two or four at the rear. Between the eyes the carapace has four small, rounded projections, which are also characteristic of the species. It is a nocturnal, slow-moving crab that uses its disproportionately large claws to feed on corals, snails, and other small marine creatures.

The Spotted reef crabs are listed among the threatened animals while like other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution.

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