A territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, ‘Christmas Island’ is located 2,600 kms northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth and 500 kms south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
However, it is not the island’s geographic isolation or, bare-minimal human disturbance to its flora and fauna that makes this islet unique… It is…. the “Red Crab(s)” – the real masters of this outlet !!!
The carapace is up to 116 millimetres (4.6 in) long, rounded, and encloses the gills. The claws are usually of equal size, unless one becomes injured or detached, in which case the limb will regenerate. During that time, it will be the smaller of the two. The male crabs are generally larger than the females, while adult females have a much broader abdomen and usually have smaller claws. The broader abdomen of the female Christmas Island red crab only becomes apparent in the third year of growth.?