Found this mutant crab in my tank

Discussion in 'Invertebrates' started by Tony, 9 Nov 2010.

  1. Tony

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    I found this bugger dead in my tank. It obviously was harmless as I never had any fish or corals go missing. I used a hand so you can guage size

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    Holy Moly thats a big crab!! You never knew it was in your tank? Sneaky bugger!!
     
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    Never knew it was there. I found it in my monti and only when I wanted to get it to move so I could photograph it did I realise that it was dead. I just hope it wasnt a moulting and the thing is still in there
     
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    well, if it is just the molting, then you got an even bigger crab in your tank :(

    Turn it over, backend should be split and open if it is a molting. And it should be hollow.
     
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    WOW!
     
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    And I freaked when I found a nasty crab 5mm in dia, this thing is hugh...
     
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    Tel em about it. I was petrified even with it safely behind glass
     
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    hehe it sounds like a moulting to me. not the prettiest marine crab ive ever seen either :)
     
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    dang that thing is scary!
     
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    Holy Schnitzel. that is one ugly crab
     
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    It was a moulting and I see him every now and then. I'm taking my system down this weekend to move it to a smaller tank and I'll sump the bugger if he doesnt take my finger for ransom
     
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    Tony, are you a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? I only see three fingers...

    WOW, I knew that they existed - just thought you'd be green... :lol::lol::lol:

    Anyway, weird looking oke that - but huge... Wow, and you never knew he was in your tank?
     
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    :thumbup: Michelangelo

    I nearly died when I saw him in my monti. I'm almost too scared to catch him on Saturday as he might donder me with a piece of live rock
     
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    Hi does anyone have a id on this crab? I have two in my tank that looks very similar but still very small compared to that monster.
     
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    Hey that is one huge scary looking crab..i think it is called the Gorilla crab..if i am not mistaken i have one too but not to Tony's Dimension..they can get big yes...currently mine is living amongst the Zoa Colony..creeping around there possibly Tony's finger nail size..if not smaller...but me too need to get it out of my DT..
     
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