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The deep-sea crab that eats trees
Deep under the ocean, there is a
species of crab that eats trees.
The crab survives by eating wood that
has sunk to the ocean floor, comprising
trunks and leaves swept into the sea,
as well as the odd shipwreck.
Inside the stomach of the crab, also
called a squat lobster, are bacteria
and fungi that help digest the wood.
The discovery, published in the journal
Marine Biology, adds to evidence that
these so-called 'wood falls' help
support special underwater communities.
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