Giant Mangrove Crab

Often referred to as the giant mangrove crab this is the most common terrestrial crab in the Seychelles and is widespread throughout the islands. They are large, nocturnal scavengers that spend most of their lives ashore, burrowing in holes up to two metres deep, but return to the sea to spawn. Its scientific name, Cardisoma, comes from the words ‘cardi’ (meaning heart) and ‘soma’ (meaning body) because of its large, heart-shaped body. These crabs are found in coastal regions from the East coast of Africa and the Red Sea to French Polynesia including Australia and Japan.

Giant Mangrove Crab

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