Octoplegic Cyclops Emerald Crab

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  1. JackSplat

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    I have two emerald crabs and one disappeared a few weeks ago. Today I saw what seemed like its exoskeleton, bleached, in the sand.

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    I thought, ok, poor bugger must have died for whatever reason. While contemplating its demise I noticed that the claws were indeed moving, and not because of water flow, it was feeding off some hair algae! I removed it gently and found that all its legs and one eye were missing. I know crabs can regrow limbs, not sure about eyes though.

    Since he/she seem to have survived an apocalyptic experience I thought it prudent to put it in the sump where it should have time to heal, if possible.

    Have anyone here seen crabs recover from such hectic injuries?
     
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    My question is who did it? Poor guy sounds like he got a bit of a beating!!
     
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    Yea, would also like to know. I cannot think of anything big enough to do that in my tank. The only possible culprits may be the other emerald crab, a boxing shrimp or one of my clowns. Maybe a hermit crab? I have one that is quite aggressive...
     
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    Did some googling and found several threads on other forums with the same scenario. Apparently it is usually the hermits doing.

    Edit: Apparently they can regrow their eyes as well, nature never cease to surprise...
     
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    That is so cool.

    This is the reason I keep any......
     
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    Poor thing has been through a real battle by the sounds of it, lol.
    Good idea, make sure he has enough food though, they seem to spend most of their time eating. :)
     
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    Will, do. Got a refugium in my sump with loads of goodies to chow.
     
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