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A crab's-eye view of the ancient world

Their legs may get more attention, but a new study says a crab's eyes have much to offer, too—at least scientifically.

Tires dumped in the ocean are killing hermit crabs

A pair of researchers at Hirosaki University, has found that tires discarded in the ocean trap and kill hermit crabs. Atsushi Sogabe and Kiichi Takatsuji have published their study in Royal Society Open Science.

Cracking the blue crab's genetic code

Scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have sequenced the genome of the blue crab. The best way to understand an organism is to understand its genetic makeup, also known as its genome. Once ...

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Crab

True crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail" (Greek: βραχύς / brachys = short, οὐρά / οura = tail), or where the reduced abdomen is entirely hidden under the thorax. Many other animals with similar names – such as hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs and crab lice – are not true crabs.

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