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Cute!

Really hard to tell, but if I freeze really fast between 2-3 seconds, it looks like it has 3 legs on either side, which would be more in line with a porcelain crab than a true crab. Do you ever see it sitting in ine place "fanning" the water?
 
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Cute!

Really hard to tell, but if I freeze really fast between 2-3 seconds, it looks like it has 3 legs on either side, which would be more in line with a porcelain crab than a true crab. Do you ever see it sitting in ine place "fanning" the water?
I wish I could say! This is the second time I’ve seen this crab, normally it’s hiding (and presumed dead, sad to say!) If I see the crab again, I’ll try to count the legs, thanks for the tip!
 
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Great news! I was able to get a photo and video of the mystery crab under white lights. What do you think? Not sure why the video resolution is so bad on YouTube, maybe it will improve?


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Great news! I was able to get a photo and video of the mystery crab under white lights. What do you think? Not sure why the video resolution is so bad on YouTube, maybe it will improve?


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Have any phyto or oyster feast? Try blowing some at the little guy and see what it does. If it starts fanning water, porcelain/nem crab. If it runs away, it doesn't like you yet :)

I'm still only counting three legs either side, but hard to tell. My baby porcelains (I have three) like to perch in tranquil spots, and they typically have their noses pointed upwards--not crouched over so much.


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