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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gravid fiddler crab

We have a pair of fiddler crabs.  The female moulted several weeks ago and yesterday we discovered she is great with child!  Well, not exactly.  She's great with eggs.  She's carrying hundreds of these things between her tummy and tail.  All of a sudden, she had an irresistible urge to climb out of her tank.  So we gave her her own tank with plenty of 'beach' for her to stay out of the water as long as she likes.  The internet tells me that she';; carry them for about 2 weeks before releasing them into the water, where they float about for another two weeks before hatching and joining the other organisms that make up the plankton.

The pink bits are from the gravel.

CameraNikon CoolPix E950
F Number3.9
Focal Length19.0 mm
Exposure Time1/30
Exposure ProgramProgram AE
Exposure Compensation0

1 comment:

  1. What are you supposed to do with all of those babies when the eggs hatch? Find homes for them? :)


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