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Anemone Crab - White
Neopetrolisthes maculatus
Anemone Crab - White
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Size: 1 inch
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Plankton
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 1+ Hours
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With its white body blended with purple spots, the White Anemone Crab adds beauty to the tank. The White Anemone Crab is a docile organism, and is completely reef safe. It eats microorganisms in the water column and mucus from the anemone that it has a symbiotic relationship with. The White Anemone Crab is a peaceful crab, and thus makes a great addition to any marine reef tank. It features basket type feeding appendage to filter suspended particles from the water. Be sure to keep the White Anemone Crab in a large and well-established tank, with lots of large 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 White Anemone Crab basically features large front claws, which they use to as a form of protection to fend off potential predators. It always prefers to live in pairs, under the protection of anemone. The White 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 White Anemone Crab is generally aggressive toward 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 White Anemone Crab undergoes ?molting?, and sheds their exoskeleton in order to grow. Therefore, addition of Iodine supplements will be beneficial for its molting activity.
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The White Anemone Crab, a.k.a. White Porcelain Crab, is a peaceful crab that lives under the protection of an Anemone. While this crab does not need an Anemone to survive, it prefers one; otherwise, it may stake a claim to a coral. These crabs are white with brown spots or patches along their back and claws. Their claws are flat and non-aggressive. They are filter feeders and should be kept in an aquariums with strong water flow.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.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Zexx: Natalie Cervantes
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