Thursday, December 11, 2008
Let's do an experiment. First, we'll take your basic group of crabs crawling around in the sea. Next we'll find an isolated island in the South Pacific with a variety of ecosystems. Finally, we'll sprinkle our crabs around the island and let them survive and reproduce in their new environments. After say, a few million years, voila! We'll have a mind-blowing variety of crabs.
Nobody started this experiment on the island of Espiritu Santo several million years ago, but they may as well have. A 2006 biodiversity expedition found about 10,000 species new to science, including this astonishing parade of well-dressed crabs. I have fallen instantly in love with these little guys.
To read more about the crabs, the island and the expedition, go here.
Posted by Kate