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A New Crab Species Discovered In Costa Rica

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Johngarthia Cocoensis


A new species of large land crab was discovered on Cocos Island in Costa Rica Monday.

University researchers from Costa Rica and the United States discovered the new species, named Johngarthia Cocoensis, on the Pacific Ocean island.

The distinguishing characteristic of J. Coco is its large size–a male can measure 15.7 inches with their front legs extended (females measure smaller). Sound delicious interesting!

Perhaps they took so long to be discovered because the crabs live in holes dug into the soil and eat primarily grasses and seeds. Either that or they have the power of invisibility.

The crab discovery comes right after the discovery of seven new mouse species in the Philippines.

Yo animals — where have you been hiding???

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