Staghorn Hermit Crab

Species information for the Staghorn Hermit Crab, in the Crabs category.

  1. Scientific name - Manucomplanus varians

    Family – Paguridae

    Common name – Staghorn, Antler, Coralhouse Hermit Crab

    Max Size – 2 in (5 cm)

    Range: Mexico

    Care Level – Difficult

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This crab will scavenge food from the aquarium but the hydroids and bryozoans on its shell require planktonic food

    Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This hermit crab is very hardy but the delicate animals that make up its shell require special care. They are filter feeders and don’t like bright lighting or strong flow, and can be easily killed by other stinging animals in the aquarium. Crabs are extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper and small amounts will kill them
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011