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Crabs endure a hellish setting — with help from friends

A Xenograpsus testudinatus crab hiding near a sulphur-rich crevice of a hydrothermal vent system

The Xenograpsus testudinatus crab thrives near hydrothermal vents that emit sulfur-laden water. Credit: Yung-Che Tseng

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Nature 613, 416 (2023)


Updates & Corrections

  • Correction 11 January 2023: An earlier version of the standfirst with this article stated incorrectly that the brachyuran crabs found to rely on bacteria live at deep-sea vents.


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