The land crab Johngarthia lagostoma is Ascension Island’s largest native land animal. This species only lives on four small, South Atlantic islands (including the islands of Trindade, Fernando da Noronha and Atol das Rocas off Brazil), of which Ascension is by far the largest. Despite being true crabs and thus originating from the ocean, land crabs are adapted to live in very dry climates and considerable distances from the sea. However, although they are adapted to the dry conditions found at Ascension Island, for much of the year the crabs are confined to the mountainous interior of the island where higher rainfall supports more vegetation and there is more moisture in the air.
Stamp Size: 28 x 42mm
Sheet Format: 10
Release Date: 24th January 2018