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Home > Marine Life > Invertebrates > Crabs
Anemone Crab - Caribbean
Mithrax cinctimanus
Anemone Crab - Caribbean
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Size: 1 inch
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Algae, Flake, Meaty foods
Origin: Caribbean
Acclimation Time: 1+ Hours
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The Anemone Crab comes in brown and orange in color, and adds a splash of beautiful color in to your aquarium. It is very peaceful in nature and more than one can be kept in a tank easily. The Anemone Crab has a symbiotic relationship with anemones, and will accept most anemones as their host. It clings to the anemone?s sides, base or the underside part, that too without causing tissue damage. The Anemone Crab doesn?t need any anemones to thrive and makes a great addition to any reef tank. It features la long antennae and three pairs of walking legs, with its head connected to the thorax, which is covered by a shell called as carapace. The Anemone Crab has a smaller abdomen and a tail which has been tucked beneath the carapace. It features large front claws, which they use to as a form of protection to fend off potential predators. The Anemone Crab always prefers to live in pairs, under the protection of anemone. The Anemone Crab chiefly feeds on planktonic foods and mucus from the host anemone. Additional supplements of meaty tablet foods placed next to the anemone, has also proved beneficial for its continued good health. The Anemone Crab is generally aggressive towards other similar sized crabs, and should not be kept with larger crabs which may attack it. It may break off their claw just to distract the predator, so that the crab can escape. The Anemone Crab undergoes ?molting?, and sheds their exoskeleton in order to grow. Therefore, the addition of Iodine supplements will be beneficial for its molting activity. Be sure to keep the Anemone Crab in a well-established tank, with anemones, because if a clownfish drive the anemone crab from its host anemone, the crab may be harmed. Having said that, it is not that aggressive but attempts to defend their territory from the same, but eventually the clownfish prevails. The Anemone Crab eats microorganisms in the water column and mucus from the anemone that it has a symbiotic relationship with.
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These Anemone Crabs are brown and orange in color. They are very peaceful and more than one can be kept in each tank. They have a symbiotic relationship with Anemones, and will accept most Anemones as their host. They cling to the base, underside, or on the Anemone, without causing tissue damage. Anemone Crabs do not need an Anemone to thrive, and are a great addition to any reef tank.Crabs belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda. Hermits and Porcelain Crabs belong to the Section Anomura, which consists of long antennae and three pair of walking legs. The head of the Crab is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. They have a smaller abdomen and tail compared to Shrimp and they keep this tucked beneath the carapace. The first pair of their legs are usually developed claws which they use to gather food, use as protection, and to move objects. In order for Crabs to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Crabs will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Crab finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden. Hermit Crabs use abandoned shells as their home. These Crabs usually have extended abdomens that they wrap around the inside of the spiraling shell leaving only their head and claws exposed. When approached these Crabs can recoil into the shell for protection. When a Hermit Crab grows it will often seek out a new larger shell.
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