Identify Small Crab

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    bwilhite

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    Happy New Year! I just pulled out a little dead crab from my tank and the weird thing is I have a trigger aggressive tank and have never ever seen anything other than pods in my tank that I didn't put in there so my big surprise to see that little crab. Sad that it was dead and all in one piece laying in the sand bottom. I was just curious if anyone could identify what kind of crab it was. Not sure if it is small and grown or would have grown bigger. Thanks
     

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    Are you sure it's dead and not just a molt you pulled out? Looks like a xanthide crab maybe.
     
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    No, It;s not a molt, the body is there. Maybe I can get a better pic.
     
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    Well, on second thought, how can you tell if it is a molt? Do crabs molt their legs and their pinchers?
     
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    It does look like the
    Pink dotted Xanthiden Crab.
     
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    Yes they do. If you open it and don't see any organs inside except for the crab gills, then it's only a molt and not a dead crab. :)
     
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    Nothing inside, I guess I have a crab but I will probably never see it.
     
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