Id this Local Hermit

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  1. RiaanP

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    I got him from somebody else, a shell collector. The lady doing the shell collection knew I were looking for some hermits. She search and found this one somewhere south of Durban. He is getting big now, and a very good cleaner of the frag tank. I got him now for a year. Feeding out of my hand small piece of silverside once a week.

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    I'm not sure if he is 100% reef safe, but I did not see him doing any damage. But to be safe, I put him in my frag tank and he keeps it clean, on his own. And he is a lot bigger than my other hermits.

    Anybody got a ID, and some comments if he is reef safe.
     
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  3. mandarinman

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    his name is fred, been missing for a while.his family has put out a reward for him.walks with a limp,speaks with a slur and will eat anything tasty if he is hungry especially snails so make sure he never goes hungry(doesnt like bristle worms)
     
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    dude looks like his about to eat your finger.. I did find a local crab like that in Durbs once. It could be your normal Hermits that eats algae
     
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    He eats algae and all things against the glass up to where he can reach.

    And when people visit, with kids, and I'm teaching / showing them the tank. I use him as introduction for the kids to the marvellous world of the ocean. He is "tame", I take him and put him in the palm of the kids hand. After a few seconds he comes out, peek-a-boo. :)
    Amazing to watch the kids reactions.

    Anybody with the scientific name for him? Not Fred, my wife call him Wollie.
     
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    howzit wollie!
     
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    Riaan, you have nice hands :whistling:
     
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    And do anybody know Wollie's scientific name?

    Sean, check out Wollie, not my hands....
     
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    But they look so soft and.... clean :razz:
     
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    years of typing...
     
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    most smaller hermits are herbivorous until they get larger and if there is not enough of their normal diet they will go omnivorous especially if they are more than one then they actually hunt in packs( if you look carefully they have walkie talkies to co ordinate the snail swat teams!lol) ps i had about five of them at one stage. until my rather expensive snails shells started being hermit homes,youd be surprised what they will do to upsize their house!
     
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    I got some big shells lying around. Just to be sure. All my snails are also local. Nerita's and Turbo Coronatus. And they are smaller that this hermit.

    In my display I anyway have a lot of hemits. All are also local. Those dark ones with the yellow feet tips, and those red/brown ones with one bigger claw that is white at the bottom half. I feed them once week pieces of fish, and they go crazy.
     
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    cool stuff,i wasnt so lucky though but then i never fed mine fish on a weekly basis
     
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    @Lord_Blackadder
    Can you ID this hermit for me.
    He did grew a lot bigger than in that old photo.
     
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    Might be,
    This one is local, from south coast.
     
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    Yip, looks like Dardanus lagapodes
     
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    yes, looks like it, but could not find info if they are local to South Africa. Or do we have a very similar species?
     
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    Definitely a Dardanus with those hairy legs. We get quite a few species locally. Have seen at least 4 on Vetchies. Probably D. guttatus. Had a really good online hermit guide somewhere...let me see if I can find it.
     
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