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Horned ghost crabs change camouflage

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

Horned ghost crabs change their appearance from day to night for camouflage, a study has revealed.

The species Ocypode ceratophthalmus builds burrows on beaches from Japan to East Africa to shelter from predators.

Researchers investigating young crabs' defences found they fine-tune their brightness to mimic their background.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22025789

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