Mantis shell rot

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About a month ago my mantis had a very wierd larger spot on one of the abdominal segments. Thankfully after the next molt the "rot" or whatever it was is gone. Anyone know what that actually is?

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Roy Caldwell once believed that shell rot was due to a bacterial infection that thrived on high light, so if you have your mantis lit with reef lights, bring the intensity down a bit and install a small UV sterilizer.

Encouraging more frequent molts is also recommended, but the methodology is up you to.
 

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