Definition of robber crab in English:

robber crab

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  • A large terrestrial crablike crustacean which climbs coconut palms to feed on the nuts, found on islands in the Indo-Pacific area. Also called coconut crab.
    • Birgus latro, family Paguridae
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    • The protected robber crab - the largest on earth - also survives here.
    • The largest of these is the coconut or robber crab, which has even managed to evolve a skin tough enough to discard the need for a shell.
    • The only obstacle in her way were the large robber crabs everywhere in this area of the course.

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