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“The Purse Crab, Birgus Latro is a very curious species found in Amboyna and some of the adjacent islands. They inhabit the fissures of rocks along the sea-shore by day and come forth at night to search for food along the beach. When they meeta person they set up their claws in a threatening manner and snap their pincers and retreat backward. The natives say they climb the cocoanut-trees to get the cocoanuts.” — Goodrich, 1859




S. G. Goodrich Animal Kingdom Illustrated Vol 2 (New York, NY: Derby & Jackson, 1859)


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