The coconut crab is threatened by intensive hunting for food as it is considered, on many islands, as a delicacy and an aphrodisiac (10). It is uncommon throughout much of its present range, though on less populated islands it may be abundant. In more recent years, development along the coastline of islands has modified or destroyed much of this crab's habitat. With increased tourism these crabs are also caught and sold as curios. Predation by introduced pigs, rats, monitor lizards and monkeys are also a threat to juvenile crabs (2).
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