ID this Crab?

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    I found this crab shell on my sand bed today. Was wondering if anyone had any idea what kind it is. Its body is 1/4 inch. I havent seen the live crab but the shell is empty so I beleive that it just molted. If it is not good to have in a tank with corals, I have a bubble, mushrooms and zoas. Let me know and a good way to get rid of him. Thanks.

    It came hitchhiking on a piece of LR along with some stometalas and atleast one chiton. IDed those on Melev's reef but didnt notice thise crab on there.

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    No idea on this one! Sorry... I'm sure someone else can help.
     
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    oh thats the fuzzy picture crab, its a common species
     
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    Thanks!!!!! So is it reef safe?

    Found this guy too ;)

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    I can't tell by the pic.

    Where did I read that pointer claws=bad and curve smooth ones=good.If you haven't found anything missing than it should be reef safe.It almost looks like a type of acro crab,maybe.Reef safe if it is.
     
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    yeah who knows im sure it is based on the size of it, but i have no idea what kind of crab it is maybe porcelain, just hard to tell off an molted exoskeleton. looked through some books and didnt really find anything too close.
     
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    I'm not sure but if I remember right form when I read up on crabs when I found one in my tank that pointed claws mean they eat meat and might be a coral eater, and I think the red color means there bad. I can't say for sure though it has been awhile since I read up on it. JHNRB might be able to help. He gave a couple of link to some good reads that helped me out greatly. I think there might be something on them in the helpful articals. Good luck.
     
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    Dang it reef you beat me to it.LOL
     
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    Thanks

    I havent noticed anything missing yet. If I see him I will try to get a good pic of him. He is still too little to mess with any of my fish but If he keeps growing, he might think they look a tad bit tastey

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    I would doubt it is an acro since they live on SPS from what I read and I dont have any SPS. Not ruling it out but makes it a little less likely

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    Yeah,it would be a far stretch to be an acro crab.they are tiny like your pic and I saw a dark band across the head.

    Sorry Bobby,you can't type faster.
     
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