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Thread: Trespassers Will Be Arm-wrestled!

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    Default Trespassers Will Be Arm-wrestled!

    This male fiddler crab (Uca vocans) was timidly walking past a burrow when a rival male's huge pincer popped out of it. What ensued was the usual fiddler crab arm-wrestling bout, except that the second crab never actually left its burrow. The battle ended with the 'trespasser' backing off; the rival left his angry pincer poking out of the burrow for a few minutes after the fight.

    Chorao Island, Goa

    Fiddler crabs are very territorial, and the males of all species have one of their claws greatly enlarged for use as a weapon to battle rival males and to signal in a manner similar to a flag. The name "fiddler" comes from the way these crabs wave the large claw, resembling a musician moving a bow across a fiddle.

    Canon 500D, Canon 100mm Macro USM
    SS 1/60
    Av 5.6
    ISO 400
    EC -1
    Minor crop
    The image lacks sharpness- this was clicked in low light early in the morning, and from a difficult position (my feet were stuck in the mud ).
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    Interesting to see how the crab in the burrow knew there was a another male close and stuck its pincer out and had a fight. Nice behaviour captured. Thanks for sharing.

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    This is a great moment. The image tells a story. You can carry a monopod. It will act like a walking stick and be of help in such situations. Thanks for sharing.
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    Sabyasachi

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