Insect-Like Olfactory Adaptations in the Terrestrial Giant Robber Crab

@article{Stensmyr2005InsectLikeOA,
  title={Insect-Like Olfactory Adaptations in the Terrestrial Giant Robber Crab},
  author={Marcus C. Stensmyr and Susanne Erland and Eric Hallberg and Rita Wall{\'e}n and Peter Greenaway and Bill S. Hansson},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={116-121}
}
The robber crab (Birgus latro), also known as the coconut crab, is the world's largest land-living arthropod, with a weight reaching 4 kg and a length of over half a meter. Apart from the marine larval stage, this crab is fully terrestrial, and will actually drown if submerged in water. A transition from sea to land raises dramatically new demands on the sensory equipment of an animal. In olfaction, the stimulus changes from hydrophilic molecules in aqueous solution to mainly hydrophobic in the… CONTINUE READING
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