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Old 01/08/2008, 04:11 AM   #1
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crab ID

I have a small pink crab that has black and white stripes on his rear legs and hair. So far he stays in a hole and only eats alge. Any one know what he is?


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Old 01/08/2008, 09:52 AM   #2
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Im thinking Mithrax


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Old 01/08/2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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it looks like one in shape but is pink not green and the legs have the stripes.


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Old 01/08/2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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not all mithrax are green




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Old 01/08/2008, 12:22 PM   #5
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Not sure how you derived Mithrax from the description since crabs are seperated in to families by the carapace shape. Mithrax are pretty common crabs, and you stand a fair chance that might be the family it comes from, but there isn't any identifying details in the description. I would try to get a picture if possible.


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Old 01/08/2008, 12:46 PM   #6
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Not sure how you derived Mithrax from the description
Hairy n Stripey legs - Mithrax


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:08 PM   #7
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Hairy n Stripey legs - Mithrax
There are LOTS of crabs that have hairy and stripey legs. In fact, most crabs have hair on their legs. A good example is Pom Pom Crabs. They are from the Xanithdae family and have striped legs that are relatively hairy and so are many other genus and species that fall under that family. Heck, the often misnamed "Gorilla Crabs" can be hairy with striped legs, and more often than not, they too are Xanthids.


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Old 01/08/2008, 01:10 PM   #8
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In any case, I do advise caution with any crab that has hitchhiked into your tank. Crabs are opposrtunistic feeders and will eat about anything they can get their claws on; both live and dead. Chances are it will eventually do something that you might not like (eat a fish, eat some corals, pinch your finger, etc )


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Old 01/08/2008, 02:28 PM   #9
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Agree with Travis. Any way you can get a picture? Even crabs we buy are iffy.


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