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Coconut Crab - Birgus Latro by Abiogenisis Coconut Crab - Birgus Latro by Abiogenisis
An illustration of the largest living land arthropod - Birgus Latro, or the Coconut Crab, which has adapted to live entirely on land.

The creature inhabits various tropical islands which it reaches as larvae carried there on the currents. On arriving it reveals its ancestral nature as a hermit crab, surviving predators by living in a series of ever larger shells. Eventually it outgrows all shells, but is so massive it no longer needs one.

Able to breathe the humid tropical air, they move about the islands eating fruits, carrion, and any live creatures small or slow enough to be captured and consumed.

Although they drown if submerged, the females must eventually carry their eggs, bundled under the abdomen, to the ocean. Here they release them on the high tide, where the larvae are released to join the plankton. With luck they may find a new, perhaps very distant island.
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:icondinolover1416:
Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
These suckers are so friggin cool! I'm writing a comic about crustaceans and one of the characters is a bad-ass, no-nonsense coconut crab.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Mightiest of the hermit crabs!
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:iconpagpaglelo:
pagpaglelo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
ive eaten lots of them, delicious!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Tastes like lobster?
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:iconpagpaglelo:
pagpaglelo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Actually, better than lobster, my wife is from the most northern island in the phlippines, very remote, rural and fll of life, they have whole islands crawling with coconut rabs inassasible certain times of the year somtheres tons of them and they eat them a lot. They have plenty of lobsterstoo but the coconut crabs are a delicacy 
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:iconhanzartwork:
HanzARTwork Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!!
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:iconsnifywisper:
snifywisper Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014   Artist
i wana have one as a pet and walk it like a dog.
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013   Photographer
I've heard that these crabs have so powerful pincers, that they can bent steel or even cut it like snips.
These are my favorite crabs, because they have these amazing powers.

I want to keep them as pets! Love

And of course, I really like your work of art, especially the colors. :) (Smile)

Great work, Alex!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I want one too! Thankfully they are so slow I don't think they could get my fingers :P
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013   Photographer
Actually, they can escape to move as fast as rats. Hah!
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:iconenimael:
Enimael Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i really like coconut crabs, and then you executed that study (if it is one) so well, it is really awesome. do you maybe talk about your rendering style somewhere? would be really interesting to know how you work.

Cheers,
Flo
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Actually its not a study, but rather a combination of lots of references to make a new composition :)

As far as my methods, look out for a tutorial on PSTutes in a few months ;)
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:iconbikemerc:
bikemerc Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
like your art, people eat these, but I figure they arent as tasty as alaskan king crabs, right?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly not as dangerous to catch :P
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:iconbikemerc:
bikemerc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
and the reality show isnt as exciting.
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:iconurbanfurest:
UrbanFurest Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
It was the biggest crab I have ever seen. Spliting a cocconut with those claws is impressive still.
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:iconorkronos:
Orkronos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I kinda want a hoard of trained coconut crabs. Is that strange?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No thats natural, I want one too
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:iconorkronos:
Orkronos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
>:3
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Totally awesome.
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:iconcanis-orca:
Canis-Orca Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
**** your good!

I thought that was a photograph!
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:iconmarkstewart:
markstewart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
beautifully rendered indeed :D
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:iconredventure:
RedVenture Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Once when I was on vacation I had to punch one out because it wanted my pina colada, but you render these so well I kinda feel bad about it in retrospect.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Didn't that hurt you hand?
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:iconredventure:
RedVenture Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. It hurt like hell. But it got him off of me. Christmas Island. Great place for wild life photography. Not so much for sun bathing.
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:icontouch-not-this-cat:
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Anthony Bordain's culinary description SO makes me wanna eat one!
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GreatMarahute Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where did you find a picture that showed the mandibles?
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:iconchristianpearce:
ChristianPearce Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Oh now this is great!
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:iconmedrazerblade:
medrazerblade Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...You Amaze me!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional
You do very fine work
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c0c0nutty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
its funny because you were able to capture all the varying colors that Coconut crabs come in. it's even luckier if you find one that 's all blue...which means for some that they're out of season and the shell's not hard enough.
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c0c0nutty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
it tastes delicious when cooked in coconut milk.....kinda sad because they eat the coconuts too...
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:iconvineruu:
Vineruu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student General Artist
That`s an amazing drawing!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thankya :)
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:iconvineruu:
Vineruu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student General Artist
No Problem ^^
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:iconunfamiliartide:
UnfamiliarTide Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Awesome bold illustration! The colours are incredible!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Danke:)
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:iconofcurledtails:
OfCurledTails Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
That's amazing. I've seen one of these things and they're freaking massive!
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:iconsalmoyt:
Salmoyt Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the brilliant and bold coloring. I also found myself drawn to this because of the camera angling- the fact it's off-center.. a lot of animal art is very centered-focused and comes out stale.

I hate to admit that the title sounds delicious.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I learnt the old tilt the camera trick from another artist, works every time :P
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Whats the largest size they have been found?
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:iconpsychorror:
Psychorror Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There have been reports of specimens with a legspan of feet, but most are about half that size. To get the general idea,the body itself would be comparable to a bowling ball.
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:icontreehome:
Treehome Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I told my mom about coconut crabs, but she didn't believe me!
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:iconleaubellon:
Leaubellon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
I love these animals. Awesome work.
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
lovely
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:iconbleyzaxx:
Bleyzaxx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
You've got to get this stuff published or something...it's awesome.
Maybe you could even make a fully illustrated handy-dandy in-depth guide.
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:iconjohnbecaro:
johnbecaro Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
it looks yummy.:)
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:iconmelodramicserenade:
MelodramicSerenade Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
i like your cocunut crab very much
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:iconkecen:
kecen Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I mistook this for one of your alien designs. This crab is possessed of a nobility of form that translates well to painting.
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