fiddler crab

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fiddler crab

noun

Definition of FIDDLER CRAB

:  any of a genus (Uca) of burrowing crabs in which the male has one claw that is greatly enlarged

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First Known Use of FIDDLER CRAB

1843

fiddler crab

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 65 species of decapods (genus Uca) whose males hold one claw, always much larger than the other, somewhat like a violin. Both claws of the female are relatively small. Fiddler crabs often live in large numbers on beaches in temperate to tropical regions of the world. They inhabit water-covered burrows up to about 1 ft (30 cm) deep and feed on algae and other organic matter. Common North American species (e.g., marsh fiddler, china-back fiddler) live all along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Brightly coloured, they range in body size from about 1 to 1.2 in. (2.5 to 3 cm).

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