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  1. Soldier CrabMictyris Platycheles Brian Murray Hour 6

  2. Classification • Kingdom: Animalia • Phylum: Arthropoda • Subphylum: Crustacea • Class: Malacostraca • Order: Decapoda • Infraorder: Brachyura • Superfamily: Ocypodoidea • Family: Mictyridae • Genus: Mictyris • Species:Platycheles

  3. Characteristics • 12mm-25mm diameter • Developed a hard outer layer • Free living organism that feeds on the nutrients stuck to sand • Eat decomposing animals for nutrients • Omnivore • Amphibious • Abdomen is main part of body; head merged with it

  4. Special Characteristics • Spherical shaped body • Bluish shell • When scared the corkscrew them self in to the sand hiding them selves • Not endangered • Live in large groups

  5. Life • Return to the sea to have their offspring • Sexual Reproduction • Females store males sperm until ready for use • Normally return to shore during low tide (Young Soldier Crab)

  6. Habitat • Beaches of Australia • Eats dead and decomposing animals • Cleans beaches • Lives in holes that they make my corkscrewing them selves into the ground Crabs in Action

  7. Works Cited • http://people.hws.edu/fieldguide/show.asp?ID=101 • http://www.auseco.com.au/index.asp?pagename=eco+updates+soldier+crabs • http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2138/1897004528_3d39f48e66.jpg • http://tropicalreef.homestead.com/Soldier-Crab.jpg • http://www.ourbrisbane.com/photos/260872.soldier-crabs-sandgate