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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