View Full Version : Crab ID

04-02-2008, 08:14 AM
Good morning all. Does anyone recognize this crab. He was a stowaway on some live rock. Caught him nibbling on part of a brittle star appendage (also a stowaway) so I figure he's a bad guy. Thanks!

04-02-2008, 10:09 AM
Eeek.. dunno, but he looks mean. Crabs are always hard to ID.

If he was nipping at a star, I'd keep him out of the display. At least until you can positively ID it.


04-02-2008, 10:49 AM
Got to agree with David = MEAN.

Some crabs hunt at night for sleeping fish and other things. He looks like one of those.


04-02-2008, 11:41 AM
Thank you both. I agree. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Can't find anything online to make a positive ID. More curiosity than anything.

I'm new to this, are the reef friendly crabs active during the day or still more so at night like these hunters?

04-02-2008, 11:51 AM
Emerald (mythrax) crabs have a 50/50 reputation. Porcelain crabs are wonderful, but tend to be a bit cryptic. I've no experience in boxer crabs, sponge crabs, arrow crabs etc. So I have nothing to offer there.


04-07-2008, 09:48 PM
Hi bbaxter,

:welcome: to TR.

04-07-2008, 10:13 PM
I have scarlett hermit crabs, bright red, smooth, yeiiow eyes, eat algae :up:

04-08-2008, 09:58 PM
Thanks! Great podcast, great community. Glad I found you all.

04-09-2008, 12:35 AM
Thanks! Great podcast, great community. Glad I found you all. We're glad you are here!