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Gecarcoidea Natalis

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Gecarcoidea natalis is a species of Gecarcoidea, described by Pocock in 1888.


Gecarcoidea Natalis a.k.a. The Christmas Island red crab, Gecarcoidea natalis, is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Although restricted to a relatively small area, it has been estimated that 43.7 million adult red crabs lived on Christmas Island alone, but the accidental introduction of the yellow crazy ant is believed to have killed about 10–15 million of these in recent years. Christmas Island red crabs are well known for their annual mass migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean.

  • also known as 聖誕島紅蟹

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Islands (2009)

by Rosemary G. Gillespie, D. A. Clague

One species, the red land crab Gecarcoidea natalis, determines the dynamics of seedling recruitment, a rare example of single-species dominance of this process in tropical rain forest. SPECIES DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION Air-breathing crabs characterize the terrestrial fauna on many tropical, oceanic islands. Twenty species occur on Christmas Island (Table 1), including true land crabs ( Brachyura: Grap- soidea: Gecarcinidae), a variety of grapsid crabs (Brachyura: Grapsoidea: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

There are, altogether, 14 terrestrial crab species on Christmas Island, and most of these are the Christmas Island red crab (Gecarcoidea natalis), which also lives on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Anthropocene (2017)

has decimated the red land crab (Gecarcoidea natalis), a keystone herbivore on the island. Functional removal of the crab by the ant triggered an ecological meltdown that resulted in rampant vegetation growth and scale insect outbreaks; additionally, the ants negatively affected the reproductive success of groundforaging birds. Another threat that is receiving considerable attention worldwide is the nontarget impact of ...

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