Porcelain Crab

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

  1. Scientific name - Petrolisthes sp.

    Family – Porcellanidae

    Common name – Pom Pom, Boxing Crab

    Max Size – 1 in (2.5 cm)

    Range: Caribbean

    Care Level – Easy

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This crab will filter feed from the water column and will also scavenge the aquarium for debris.

    Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This crab has “feathers” coming off its claws that it uses to filter feed with. The Porcelain crab usually lives in pairs, and comes in a variety of colors. 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 24, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011