Newly discovered species of “fanged” frogs eat crabs in Indonesia: study

The biodiversity of frogs and toads demonstrates just how ingenious evolution can get. Some are like the glass frog, which resembles a particularly famous Muppet. Others are like the Colorado River toad, whose skin secretes a powerful hallucinogenic enzyme called 5-MeO-DMT. Then there is the so-called “horror frog” or hairy frog, which can break its own bones to pierce through its toes and form makeshift claws....

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Crabs are intelligent, sensitive animals — and some scientists wish we didn’t boil them alive

From the “Little Mermaid” character Sebastian to pet hermit crabs, people think crabs are wonderful — but some experts believe the way we treat crabs is downright barbaric.

“If crustaceans screamed when they were dropped into boiling water, I doubt we’d still be having these kinds of discussions.”

Like many other decapods (the class that also includes lobsters, shrimp, crayfish and prawns), crabs are a popular food item....

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Climate change is making crabs lose their sense of smell — and seafood may never be the same

Why are crab fisheries at risk for collapse? Just follow your nose — or rather, theirs. 

Crabs use their sense of smell like humans use their eyes and intuition. When young crabs are seeking shelter from predators, they use their sense of smell to eke out a good hiding place. A crab’s sense of smell is vital for its ability to find food....

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