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Why carry a Swiss army knife when you could be carrying a ‘Swiss army’ crustacean

This awesomely adorable (and useful!) Crab Multi Tool has a wooden body and features 6 different stainless steel appendages as well as flip-out legs so it can stand up on its own when you aren’t using it. It’s currently available via Kikkerland and Firebox.

[via Laughing Squid]

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Mangrove Tree Crab (Aratus pisonii), Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

The mangrove tree crab shown above occupies mangrove swamp environments.   It usually lives among red mangroves - Rhizophora mangle (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhizophora_mangle).  At low tide, the crabs are near or on the ground.  During high tide, they ascend tree trunks, often to relatively high levels.  Mangrove tree crabs are omnivorous - they are principally herbivores, feeding on mangrove foliage, but are also detritovores, scavengers, and predators on small invertebrates and some protists.

Classification: Animalia, Arthropoda, Crustacea, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Brachyura, Sesarmidae

photographs/text: James St. John | Flickr