fiddler crab


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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Recent Examples on the Web Studies ranged from developing an algorithm to predict oil slicks when satellite images aren’t available, to a way of using fiddler crabs and snails to monitor the health of Louisiana salt marshes. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fueled a Gulf Science Bonanza," 22 Apr. 2020 The elegant shorebird, with its curved needle beak, racing stripe above the eye, and the long legs of a wader, picked its way through Loagy Bay salt marsh in Wellfleet, plucking fiddler crabs from their finger-thick burrows in the mud., "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 When fiddler crab burrows were tucked among the vegetation, little extra gas was released. Science | AAAS, "Fiddler crabs produce more carbon dioxide than their marshy homes can handle," 15 Aug. 2019 The fiddler crabs are like little invertebrate peacocks. James Gorman, New York Times, "For Fiddler Crabs, ‘Size Does Matter’," 26 Feb. 2018 From the coast, anglers continue to report limit catches of sheepshead from rockpiles and around the gas wells on cut shrimp or fiddler crabs fished on bottom. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 30 Mar. 2018 Is there more to find out about fiddler crab mating? James Gorman, New York Times, "For Fiddler Crabs, ‘Size Does Matter’," 26 Feb. 2018 Hit the right stretch of jetty or the right oyster reef on a mild, relatively calm day, bait hooks with fiddler crabs or shrimp and fish them close to the structure and landing a five-fish limit of sheepshead can be almost a cinch. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Coastal fishing in February can be rewarding," 3 Feb. 2018 In the sand, fiddler crabs are busy digging thousands of holes, depositing the leftover dirt into small piles. Matthew Shaer, New Republic, "—one of the highest rates in the nation.," 5 Oct. 2017

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Fiddler crab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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