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Fiddler Crab

Fiddler Crab
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Copyright: Graeme Swarts (swarg) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 21] (373)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-05
Categories: Crustacia
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-06 6:20
Viewed: 6424
Points: 2
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Uca annulipes

fiddler crab common name for small, amphibious crabs belonging to the genus Uca. They are characterized by a rectangular carapace (shell) and a narrow abdomen, which is flexed under the body. They are called fiddler crabs because the males have one enormous claw, held in front of the body like a fiddle. This claw often contrasts in color with the rest of the body, and is used by the male at certain times of the year to attract females in a complicated courtship display procedure, characteristically different in each species of Uca. The claw also functions to warn off intruders and to establish territories. The female Uca has two small claws on the first appendages. Some species of fiddler crabs live on sandy beaches that are somewhat protected from extreme wave action. Others live in muddy marshes and estuaries.

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To alin-m: Fiddler Crabsswarg 1 04-07 02:41
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Nice capture of this little guy with such a big claw and interesting red color.
Best regards.Alin.

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