28 Aug '12, 11am

The Annotated Budak: Soft bottom lines by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Soft bottom lines by @budak

Outnumbered than the minute hordes, though less likely to be mistaken, and thus overlooked, for sluggish molluscs by casual beachcombers is a hermit crab with orange-brown longitudinal stripes on its limbs and eyestalks. Clibanarius infraspinatus serves as the archetype of its superfamily on local shores, shuffling as it does on Changi's seagrass flats, Chek Jawa's sand bars and the sinking core of Cyrene Reef. Smaller animals probably compete with their punier cousins for modest lodgings, but adults have a knack for finding the shells of noble volutes, spiral melongenas, conches, bonnets and balers, which often seem several sizes too large for the crab. Mature crustaceans expend more energy on gonads than growth, though, so there is merit to hoarding ill-fitting drags, especially when they'd withstand a good few moults and are scattered to boot. The main drawback to domes...

Full article: http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated_budak/2012/08/hermit...

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The Annotated Budak: A strand of blue by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A strand of blue by @budak

budak.blogs.com 27 Aug '12, 5pm

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The Annotated Budak: Trash talking by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Trash talking by @budak

budak.blogs.com 27 Aug '12, 4am

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The Annotated Budak: (T)entanglements by @budak

The Annotated Budak: (T)entanglements by @budak

budak.blogs.com 06 Sep '12, 6am

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budak.blogs.com 25 Aug '12, 1pm

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The Annotated Budak: Cord in the net by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Cord in the net by @budak

budak.blogs.com 30 Aug '12, 5am

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budak.blogs.com 23 Aug '12, 9am

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The Annotated Budak: Handsome Buggers by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Handsome Buggers by @budak

budak.blogs.com 31 Aug '12, 4am

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The Annotated Budak: Due for a hiding by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Due for a hiding by @budak

budak.blogs.com 23 Aug '12, 9am

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The Annotated Budak: Fishy Myths by @budak

budak.blogs.com 06 Sep '12, 6am

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