It’s Little Crabs vs. Big Sea Stars in the Pacific. Winner Gets the Coral.
(Click to enlarge) Trapezia flavopunctata is the largest species of coral-guard crabs. (Credit: Seabird McKeon)
On the technicolor coral reefs of tropical French Polynesia, crabs are locked in an ancient and epic battle with sea stars to protect their turf.
(From The Washington Post / by )–It’s hardly a fair fight. The sea stars are as big as a Frisbee and go by frightening names such as “Crown of Thorns” for the sharp spikes on their backs. The crabs are the size of marbles, and many look the part, with red polka dots decorating their little white bodies.
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