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gary faulkner 01/10/2008 05:10 PM

Tiny Pink Crab on Pink Birdsnest ?
Had a tiny pink crab hitchhike in on a Pink Birdsnest.

Do you think it's safe?


sjfishguy 01/10/2008 05:50 PM

when in doubt, throw it out

Tennyson 01/10/2008 06:03 PM

Any pics? Sometimes there are hitchiker crabs that are okay. If its hairy, I'd throw it out, but otherwise, I'd say its a coral crab that doesn't need to be removed, but a picture of it would be very helpful

gary faulkner 01/10/2008 06:12 PM

Gonna try to get a pic a little later.

It's not hairy at all. I think it's going to be ok but I'll see about a pic so I can make sure.


rssjsb 01/11/2008 10:20 AM

A picture would help, but I'm willing to bet that what you've got is a commensal acro crab. If so, they're completely harmless and may be beneficial to your coral.

gary faulkner 01/11/2008 07:58 PM


gary faulkner 01/11/2008 08:01 PM


gary faulkner 01/11/2008 08:02 PM


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gary faulkner 01/11/2008 08:05 PM

from underneath.


sjfishguy 01/11/2008 10:12 PM

That is no acro crab and those look like polyp eaters to me. Right in the garbage he goes.....

LeslieH 01/12/2008 12:17 AM

That's a Trapezia, an obligate commensal crab on lives on pocilloporid corals. It's harmless and even beneficial to its host.

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