Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coconut Crab 0f Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn Islands Post same as Vanuatu Post has issued the stamp series featured the specific crab, Coconut Crab, Birgus Latro. But the issuance scene are different.


The Coconut Crab or Birgus latro is a fascinating creature that found on Henderson Island and possibly on Oeno and Ducie. It has an extremely drawn out life cycle which causes the species to re-populate slowly.


The Pacific crab population has declined throughout its developmental range due to habitat depletion, being collected for food and from introduced animal enemies such as pigs.


With rapidly declining Coconut Crab numbers, many Pacific countries have implemented bans on the collection of the world’s largest crustacean. The slow life cycle has resulted in laws aimed at protecting females of egg-bearing age.


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