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The fiddler crab is an unusual species of crab. The male has one large claw that looks like a fiddle and one small claw that looks like a bow. This is how the fiddler crab received his name.

The fiddler crab is a small species of the crab it averages a length of one to two inches and his claws are up to two inches long.

The fiddler crab is a land crab; he digs burrows on the beach. He hunts and feeds on land, he breaths with fish like gills that most be kept moist for him to survive. When the tide comes in, the fiddler crab digs deep into his burrow, where he stays in an air bubble until the tide recedes again.

The fiddler crab mainly eats algae that it eats through the sand and mud. The fiddler crab does not receive much nutrition from the algae so they must eat constantly. The fiddler crab is a solitary creature, until breeding season, which occurs several times per year depending on species.

The male and female hunt for each other, the male is an aggressive hunter and defender. If threatened while searching for his mate, two males will battle till death. When the female and male mate, they will go inside the burrow. When they mate, the female will leave with 100 to 200 fertilized eggs, around her waist. The eggs take approximately two weeks to fully develop. The female will then deposit them into the seawater. The young crabs will go through several stages before they become an adult fiddler crab.

There seems to be no threat to the fiddler crab’s population. They are found in vast numbers, water pollution is the only future threat to their population.