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  1. dan2381

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    Ok i purchased a bizma rock, and this little fella was hiding in one of the tubes, anyone ever seen something like it?, its got very long feelers as u can see in the pic, i am clueless, never seen anything like it.[​IMG]

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  3. Tobes

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    Can't see so lekka in the pic, maybe a mantis shrimp? Pistol shrimp?
     
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    Wrong.

    Dr Peter Scratchner from the institute of scientific animal behavior and human intervention program has identified this as some sort of clean up crew. He says that the pictures are consistent with those published in the ancestral and dead primate journal of 1921 the that the pictures are consistent of an crab cleaning the nose of a conical. I was at school with Dr Scratchner (nicked named itchy) in the 1910's and disagreed with him over his identification.

    I say the pic is of a capuchin skull and he says it is of a orangutan. However we are both not sure on the thing in the skulls nose. :thumbup:
     
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    you, dear sir, have a very weird immagination, thanks for the chuckle :)
     
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    Vermetid snail.
     
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    Not the thing in the skulls mouth. The one in it's nose.
     
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    Please repeat after me:

    "One should not post after "jolling" on a Saturday night" :whistling:

    :lol::lol::lol:

    Seriously, the "tubes" are vermatid snail tubes, and there is at least one living vermatid, as can be seen in the top left of the four "nostrils" in the first pic (one can see the pink coloured "trap door" which is half open... The "thing with the long feelers" is probably some type of shrimp (looks like it in the third and fourth photos), although it could also be a type of barnicle that just happens to live in a disused vermatid tube (going by the second photo...). Whatever, it is a filter feeder, and thus beneficial to your system, if it survives.

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    Thank you for the explanation Hennie. :biggrin:
     
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    Pistol shrimps would have , had a bigger claw
     
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    Ja well... obviously you knew that ;)... I meant the explanation for Dan :)

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    No I always thought they were a type of fan worm. never realy bothered to look up the proper name.
     
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    I went on from what I can see in the 3rd and 4th pic centre of the top 3 holes. Looks like a couple of legs. So ja, hence the ?
     
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    It looks alot like a hermit crab and its only about 3 or 4mm in size, completely white and has one large claw that i can see and of course the long feelers, i cant get the camera any closer then that, I have never seen it come out of the hole either. It is definitely some sort of crab, just dont know what though, any suggestions on what i should try feed it?
     
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    It will scavenge at night when you're sleeping. A small piece of hake or prawn meat.
     
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