The Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the largest surviving land arthropod in the world, reaching weights of over4 kg (9 lbs). They inhabit coastal forest of many Indopacific islands and are under threat from habitat loss and over harvesting by humans. They have massive, powerful claws which they use to obtain fruits and nuts. They have the ability to husk and drill holes in coconuts to obtain the flesh inside. They are noctournal, only leaving their burrows occasionally to feed. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe and photograph these bizarre animals!
Tetepare, Solomon Islands
Canon EOD 5D