Scientists have discovered a sponge crab that lives in the same family as the giant sponge crab but has been described as having a more robust body.
The sponge crab is native to the Caribbean and other parts of the world, but its closest relatives are the sand-dwelling sponge phylum.
It is known that the sponge crab can eat large quantities of both invertebrates and meat, and its shell is tough and tough to break.
But a new study has shown that the species can also digest and digest small amounts of both.
This means that it can use its shells to scoop up tiny bits of food.
It has been previously known that it is capable of eating smaller amounts of meat than the larger sponge crabs, but the new study suggests that the smaller crabs could also digest smaller amounts.
The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, were inspired by an article in which researchers found that the sand phylum sponge crabs were able to consume up to 1,000 times their own weight of meat.
These small crabs were also able to break down and digest more food than the other species.
“The sponge crab has some of the toughest shells in the world,” lead author Tore Thorsen, an ecologist at Lund University in Sweden, told Nature.
“That makes it very tough to digest, and this is one of the ways it has been able to survive.”
He added: “This species is known to eat very small quantities of meat, but that has not been the case before.”
The sponge crabs are very small, and the shell is quite hard.
“If we eat too much, we can die,” said Thorsens.
“But if we don’t eat enough, we live.”
Thorsensen’s team also discovered that the crabs could be able to digest small quantities, in the range of a few milligrams of protein.
“When you eat the smaller sponge crabs it is quite a bit, but it is not a huge amount,” he said.
“It’s just a few grams.”
Thoresens said the sponge crabs could have been adapted to survive in a wide range of environments, such as in the deep ocean, and it is also possible that they have evolved a resistance to saltwater.
But he added: “[It’s] a little bit too early to tell yet, as we are only studying one species.”
The team also found that sponge crabs that were found in the laboratory were also capable of digesting larger amounts of protein, including more than 40 times their weight of the most common shell-eating species.
In contrast, sponge crabs found in nature were unable to break through this barrier.
In other words, the sponge phylogean sponge crab may have evolved to be able dig out small amounts from food, but if that is the case, this species is not capable of consuming more than it would normally eat.
“Sponge crabs are the only known animals that have been found to digest food and digest large amounts of it,” said study author Dr David McNeilly, from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences.
“This makes them a particularly attractive candidate for studying the effects of the climate change on the oceans and how that might affect species diversity.”
“The world is now a much more diverse place,” he added.
“There are many species of sponge crabs in the ocean and these may be a natural way to eat food.”
The new findings suggest that the phylum might be more resilient to climate change than previously thought.
“These findings have major implications for understanding the resilience of the phylogenetic trees that support the phyllosphere,” said McNeill.
“Understanding the adaptation of these organisms to different climate scenarios will be critical to understanding how the climate system responds to changes in the phytoplankton community.”
The findings are also a reminder that the world is constantly changing, and that species might have evolved adapted to a particular environment.
“In this way, it is possible that species can adapt to different environments without necessarily being adapted to all the environments,” said co-author Prof. Anna Pfeffer, from Lund University.
“We can therefore look for examples where we might be able learn something about species’ response to changing environmental conditions.”
They are also important in understanding how species adapt to change.
“One of the key questions is: can we find a way to adapt to a situation without changing species, or if there is a need for changing species?” said Pfefer.
The research was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the Norwegian Research Council and the Norwegian Natural Heritage Fund.