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Old 02-10-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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Identify PLEASE!!!

Sorry I do not have a photo. About a month ago i found a white fuzzy crab dead on one of my LR , called LPS said was not a crab , called another LPS they said oh no its just a molting ????. but hey it was dead so I did not panic. I removed from tank throughly looked it over it was not a molting. Well its twin is well and alive in my tank. I found it last night while harassing my nocturnal beasts. It was setting on top of one of my LR, when the light hit it it vanished into rock. It is solid white with black pinchers(claws) whatever they are, It's about the size of a half dollar and sort of flat. Seems to have no shell. Now iamb panicked. Is this good or bad. If its bad how do I catch it. Thanks for any help .
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:48 PM   #2
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Without a pic, this will be more guessing than anything. Given your description though, I would be inclined to think either a porcelain or acropora crab if you are sure of the coloration. Did you get a good enough look to tell what the general carapace shape was other than flat?

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Old 02-10-2004, 03:05 PM   #3
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Steve thank you for replying. In my search this morning I have found a photo which could be a twin to my crab at the following website. Seems a little strange though I can not find info about what to do if this is in my tank lol. I guess need to look some more. www.vibrantsea.net/invertebrates3.html. Hope this site helps some one else too.
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OOPS! Sorry all name of crab is a Pea Crab. (Dissodactylus primitives)
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Old 02-10-2004, 04:17 PM   #5
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Interesting site but the size you've stated your mystery crabs to be (about the size of a half dollar), I don't think it will be a pea crab. It also does not have black pincers. They are actually quite small and do not get to even an inch in carapace width as far as I know.... Sorry

Try looking through <<these images>> to see if there is a similar match.

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Thanks Steve. You are correct it is larger than a pea crab but the shape is so close. I will continue to look thanks.
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