Sunday, August 02, 2009
Kermit Was Wrong
This blue crab has been through the ringer. His claws (chelipeds) are gone and he's missing a few walking legs and a swimmerette too.
Here's how we know he's a HE.
See that skinny abdomen folded up on his underside?
Females have a wide, more triangular shaped abdomen.
He can regenerate those parts after a sequence of molts, but in the meantime he is really at a survival disadvantage.
Kermit thought it wasn't easy being green, this crab shows it's alot tougher being blue.