Please help me id E.T.

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by SteveZi, 27 Dec 2011.

  1. SteveZi

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    Maybe juvenile hermit crab minus it shell
     
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    of that is a normal drinking glass, then its already too big to be a juvenile hermit.

    But it is a crab. :whistling:
     
  5. salty dog

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    Could be one of almost any species of crab. Google crab larvae and see the resemblance. I say raise it in your sump and then see what it is. :)
     
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    I agree...went surfing for hour's this morning trying to figure out what the hell it was..:p..ended up with "megalopa" stage...this was the closest I could find...:(

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    http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewImage.do?id=114408&aid=78026
    I'm not saying it's this Crab, only that it looks like the picture posted could be of a Crab Larvae..only thing that worries me is the fact that...the picture posted looks a bit big to be "megalopa stage"...:confused1:
     
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    Maybe he ate ALL his food from birth...will be known as Arnold Crabanegger
     
  8. SteveZi

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    Thanks Salty dog:)
    My 1st thought was a crayfish larvae, but looking at pics of the similar-looking larval stage I saw it was only 4mm long... This one is between 1-2cm.
    Funny that I did not see more of them.
    Well, it is in the sump so let's see what happens.


    no, the hermit family only has 3 pairs of walking legs, the 4th pair reduced.


    :) - Shut up Tobes, who asked you :lol::lol:
    sorry couldn't resist
     
  9. SteveZi

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    how big is the megalopa stage Belinda? Maybe it fluctuates for different species.
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    I have no idea what size they can grow during a "megalopa" stage...logically I would say it does differ as you get different types of Crabs and obviously different sizes...so yes..I thought along those lines also..:blush:..the downside to this being the Crab is the fact that it's a Land Crab...although...
    So it COULD be the Crab in question..as I haven't found any other "megalopa stage" with the ALMOST same colouring and shape..:p
    Moon Crab

    http://www.planetneptune.com/PN4/travels/TravelShowCard.aspx?CT=North%20America&CR=Costa%20Rica&ST=Puntarenas&ATT=Manuel%20Antonio%20National%20Park&CardID=460


    BUT then again...if it is...then it will die as it's a Land Crab...commonly known as a Halloween Crab...some call it Moon Crab...and a couple of other names also...:p
    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_crab"]Gecarcinus quadratus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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    You could always build a little island for it in your tank. :lol:
     
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    :lol::lol:...actually the Petshops sells them..not sure about in SA, but Overseas they are as "common" as Lizards and Snakes here in SA...:)
     
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    that must be one of the BEST ideas i have ever heard!

    :)
     
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    @SteveZi wow, that's big for a larvae. You're right. It might be a lobster. Keep it in the sump and feed it lots of fish and who knows, maybe a nice braai with some garlic butter oneday. :)
     
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