Acro crab

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi Sara

    I bought a couple of acropora corals recently, one of them had the normal white acro crab in but another had a bit of a browny hairy fella in him which I'm not too sure about, any idea if this crab is ok? This is the only pic I have right now but if need be I can try and get a better pic of him. He seems fairly innocent though, not bothering anyone....yet :p

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  3. RUAN

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    take it out it ate my acro!!!!!!!!
     
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    He doesnt look like one of the symbiotic Acro crabs. They are usually brown almost red. This guy is hairy. I could be wrong, lets wait and here from Sara.
     
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    I agree... it doesn't look like any of the symbiotic Acro crabs I've seen. This looks like a "bad" crab that just happened to wander into your coral. I would try to remove it.
    I could be wrong too, but "better safe than sorry" I say...

    [Coincidently, I'm giving a talk on the symbiotic inverts next weekend. I haven't finished all my research on them yet, but if I find one that looks like this guy, I'll let you know. So far though, as Mekaeel points out... I haven't seen any hairy ones.]
     
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    any chance you can share slides or power point presentations with us of that talk?
     
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    YES PLEASE!
     
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    Yeah, of course... I'm giving it the 19th, so I'll post it here right after wards. I'd post it before then, but knowing myself, I'm probably still going to be working on it the night of the 18th! :p
     
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    I've ad a few of those and they did my corals no good. The red smooth shelled ones and white ones are cool.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Ok thanks, I'll sump the little dude then.
     
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    No offence, but they do make excellent pot plant fertilizer. :) Nice frag. Do you know what it is
     
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    Granulosa possibly ?

    Here is a top-down shot of it

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    Wow, that little bugger is really nestled in there isn't he?!
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Shame, he likes his little home, poor thing.
     
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    Looks more like A.Carolina or A.Lokani.
     
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    He wont come out of the without a fight and a lot of chasing him around. Just use some tweezers
     
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    Agreed, and first remove the coral from the tank, then begin operation removal.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    I managed to get him out, he's now in the sump with some live rock, here's what he looks like.

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    Not happy with me because he's starting to dry out while I'm trying to be a professional photographer :lol:
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    damn ugly
     
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    He will make awsome bait for Stumpies :p
     
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    That crab looks like a green mithrax (spelling?) species?
     
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