Pom Pom Crab

Species information for the Pom Pom Crab, in the Crabs category.

  1. Scientific name - Lybia tessellata

    Family – Xanthidae

    Common name – Pom Pom, Boxing Crab

    Max Size – 1 in (2.5 cm)

    Care Level – Easy

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This crab will filter feed from the water column with its symbiotic anemones.

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This crab has two symbiotic Bunodeopsis anemones on its claws. It uses the anemones to filter feed and in return takes care of the anemone. It will usually hide in the rockwork so this crab can be best seen in nano tanks after the lights are out. This crab can be easily harmed by fish, so it should be kept with appropriate tank mates and should be introduced after lights are out, near the rocks. Crabs are extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper and small amounts will kill them.
     

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    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011
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