Hitchiker Crab?

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by Gesiggie, 17 Apr 2012.

  1. Gesiggie

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    Last one for today, I hope...

    found this guy's skeleton this morning... about 1.5 cm across on top. skeleton is very fluffy (woolly)

    I know he's been in my tank since the beginning, but only caught glimpses of him. Now I know he is growing :(

    Any idea what he may be?

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    Man alive, what kind of a circus are u running in that tank with all the freaky critters u need ID's on :D
     
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    Yeah... Tell me about it!! Maybe I just start finding them now because I try to put off the studying for upcoming exams.... Thus inspecting every detail of my tank!! :)
     
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    if he's realy fluffy then have a look at gorilla crabs, but i dont trust the shape of those front pincers, id suggest trying hard to catch that crab and get a good id on it, sooner rather than later too
     
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    haha
    @Gesiggie the sad news is most crabs are predators and opportunists so sumping them is a good idea, there are hundreds of species of crabs
     
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    Thanks @crispin, @dallasg

    Now the fun starts... trying to find / catch him. The last "live" sighting was about a month ago. Have seen no evidence of him since, until this morning.

    Will the "fish in glass" method work on these type of opportunists?
     
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    Looks like one of the "shame face" crabs, not good.
     
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    i dot think thats a shame faced, claws are curved and flat enough. besides if it was a shamefaced crab it would be out at night foraging for snails, you see traces of shame faces on the sand bed when they sleep in the day, often a small bump in the sand, so you could look there, although i am doubtful.i think he is a rock dwelling carb
     
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    The times when I did see him, he was in a crevice in the rocks. Always hiding away from light. Used to see him just after lights out. And he is lightning fast!

    There are a couple of similar-looking gorilla crab pictures, so I will go with that for now.

    Thanks Crispin.

    Now to catch the little bugger...
     
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    you are right Crispin, he is hiding in the rock. The big rock is basically hallow and a nice hiding spot inside it for it. Previous pictures taken show him just coming out a bit, then he retreat. Very elusive.
     
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    velvet swimming crab?
     
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    Hi dallasG,

    No, not a Velvet swimming crab, not fluffy enough :)
     
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    Teddy bear crab?
     
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    similar?
     
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    One of the most common pest crabs in KZN. Quite aggressive little buggers and they get quite big.

    I use a torch about 2-3 hours after lights go out then grab/skewer them with a pair of forceps. They make good trigger snacks.
     
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    Looks like a Teddy Bear crab to me. If so don't let the name fool you. Do you have any srooms and if so how are they doing? I used the fish in the glass method and they have never got out. My LR was from Mozambique which I assume is Teddy Bear Central.
     
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    @SteveZi what species is that in the pic?
     
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    @SteveZi,
    Although the claws look the same, It does not have the hairs as in your picture. It is more of a woolly appearance... Cannot really explain...
    @Nur,
    Thanks for the link, saw that. Will see if I can give it a go tonight... Darn. Have to finish an unopened 2L now... gluck, gluck... :)
     
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