Teaching overview

Learning points

  • The claws of the Hawaiian pom pom crab are too small to dig for food.
  • It uses hooks on its claws to pick up and carry tiny animals, called sea anemones.
  • The anemone’s sticky tentacles grab pieces of food like a mop that the crab then eats.

Curriculum keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Animals

Spark a discussion

  • How do most species of crab find food?
  • Why is the Hawaiian pom pom crab unable to dig for its food?
  • How does the Hawaiian pom pom crab find its food?

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