What kind of crab is this?!?!

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  1. Wackzood1

    Wackzood1 Member

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    Dealing with a nudi problem in my zoas and come to find this guy hanging out ..... never seen it before!

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    Ranjib Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    zoa eating spider? was it found close to zoa ? can be common gorilla crab as well
     
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    It is definitely a crab way bigger than any zoa eating spider...
     
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    Hairy legs, big claws with black tips ... generally not a good combination. It's a crab for certain, but they're not easy to identify down to species level for most hobbyists.

    ~Bruce, who's been watching _the_coolest_ red-and-white, hairy-legged, black-tipped crab in his display recently . . .
     
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    I would def say not reef safe
     
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    Is it furry?
     
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    What shape are the tips of it's pincers?
     
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    Looks like a Gorilla crab
     
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    Shortly after I snapped the pic he disappeared and now I can't find him .... the tank has been up and running for 9 months or so.
     
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    Zood, I have a random crab in mine as well for around ~3mos. Pretty sure he has eaten a hermit and a few snails so I would say watch close. I caught mine and pulled his larger claw off and put him back in but I am watching him closely. My tank is 3' deep and he only sits at the bottom but I don't doubt that he will try to eat anything he can. As he gets bigger I may have to remove him and put him in sump or just wack him. I caught mine w a 4 prong flexible 2' nut/bolt grabber.
     
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    Looks like a hand reaching out. The only thing I could think of is "my precious" lol.
     
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    If you can catch it, just put it in the sump. Does not look reef safe. Take it out if you can.
     
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