Ciliopagurus strigatus - Halloween Hermit Crab

Family - Diogenidae

Order - Decapoda

Length - Up to 2 inches

Recognition - Bright orange and red body with horizontal stripes

Habitat - Tropical saltwater bodies

Behavior - Omnivore

Residency - Hawaii

Life Span - Up to 10 years

Of Special Note - The Halloween Hermit Crab is probably the brightest colored hermit crab available. It is commonly found near the Hawaiian Islands and can grow fairly large. Like other hermit crabs, this species will wear abandoned shells to protect itself from predators.

This crab will eat just about anything it can get its claws on, including algae, leftover food, and detritus. However, it is known for being aggressive towards tank mates when it gets larger. In many cases, it is capable of killing fish and other invertebrates. Its main benefit for the home aquarium is its capability of eating cyanobacteria, a brown bacteria that often becomes unsightly.

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