what kind of crab is this?

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Wondering what kind of crab is this?
I think he was found on Florida LR (not sure). He’s got black tipped claws and somewhat hairy legs (as you can see), which probably means bad news.

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yeah he’ll most definitely have to be sumped sadly. I found this old forum post with the exact same crab as mine.
Wish it was safe, looks cool
 

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Sustainable crab claw meat. Wish I had a sump full of these guys.
 

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If/when he grows, depending on how big he gets, he could do some damage down there. Wires, filter media, etc.
Gorilla crab/stone crab. Common in Florida rock.
 

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Looks like bad news to me. Sump king? @ISpeakForTheSeas have you seen this one before?
I haven't seen one like this before. It doesn't look like a stone crab (Menippe sp.) or a Xanthid crab to me, as the eyes are too far apart. My best guess is a Pilumnid crab (these used to be considered in the Xanthoidea superfamily, so they could be considered gorilla crabs), but I'm not entirely sure.

Regardless, it's definitely not one I would trust to be reef safe. So, yeah, I'd sump it, and -as mentioned above - I'd make sure that it can't get at anything important (like wires) in the sump.
 
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I believe he is responsible for the disappearance of my fire work clove polyps. They were doing fine one day, then just disappeared the next. Crabs will be crabs I suppose, thanks for the help. :downcast-face-with-sweat:
 

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