31. Crayfishes, Shrimps, Crabs, Snails, Mussels (121)

  • Oziothelphusa ceylonensis

    Oziothelphusa ceylonensis

    6. July 2007

    An amazing variety of crustaceans can be found in tropical fresh- and brackish water areas. Only few species however are imported regularly. Recently this species was imported which comes from Sri Lanka, as one could guess from its name. O.ceylonensis is a pure freshwater species, with a carapax width of 6 cm and a colour […]

  • Geosesarma sp. „orange“

    Geosesarma sp. „orange“

    6. July 2007

    March 2006: The mandarin crab, a further still undefined Geosesarma species, reached us these days from Sulawesi. It is characterised by a very intensive red-orange colouring of the legs and particularly the claws as well as bright yellow eyes. Thus it represents a beautiful coloured contrast to the last week introduced vampire crab. Whether a […]

  • Sesarma spec. „Neon Face“

    Sesarma spec. „Neon Face“

    6. July 2007

    April 2005: These days we got a new crab species from Asia. The blue green irisdescent coloration of its face advised the name „Neon Face“. If further information is available, we will add it to our text.(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

  • Camptandrium sp.

    6. July 2007

    July 2006: Few days ago we could import a new attractive crab species. It belongs to the genus Camptandrium, the species is yet not determined. They originate from India, where they were caught on the banks of the Ganges river in the proximity Calcuttas. There they live in estuaries and a therefore a salt additive […]

  • Palaemon concinnus

    6. July 2007

    Over an enormous range, that includes nearly the entire Indo Pacific those first as Macrobrachium “White Fingers” designated Palaemon concinnus can be found. Their bright white “shear-fingers” are very remarkable and give this from Sri Lanka imported species a special attraction. It is about a rather delicate, smaller species, thus one could try to socialise […]

  • Gercarcinus ruricola

    Gercarcinus ruricola

    6. July 2007

    This splendid land crab (Halloween-Crab, Gercarcinus ruricola) occurs in two colour variants, specifically with red or white base coloration. The colour variation involves both sexes. A mixed pair lived together in harmony for several weeks in my terrarium. These creatures are essentially vegetarian, but will occasionally take frozen foods intended for aquarium fishes, eg bloodworm. […]

  • Sesarmops intermedium

    Sesarmops intermedium, Flower Crab

    6. July 2007

    This crab is known under the trading name “Flower Crab”. It will not outgrow 4 cm, measured by its carapace. These crustaceans have two large, red claws, which could weigh up to half the total body weight. In nature they feed mainly on algae and other organic material, which they catch with smaller pincers. The […]

  • Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda

    Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda

    6. July 2007

    Horseshoe crabs are rightfully described as living fossils, because their ancesters populated the warm flat seas about 500 million years ago.The description of the horseshoe crab is misleading because their next relatives are arachnids and not the crabs. The Moluccan-horseshoe crab that is being presented, comes from southeast Asia and lives in coastal ranges from […]

  • Coenobita brevimanus

    6. July 2007

    The hermit crab C. brevimanus origins from coasts of the Indopacific, where it is found from the east coast of Africa to Tahiti. Coenobita brevimanus is the most terrestrial of all land hermit crabs. For the maintenance one needs a terrarium with only shallow water, because they do not like to get wet. Since they […]

  • Goniopsis pelii

    Goniopsis pelii

    6. July 2007

    June 2006: The mangrove crab Goniopsis pelii reached us from the Atlantic coast of Africa. Their orange and blue coloured claws are very remarkable. They owe their name to the mangrove woods where they naturally occur. This by water and land affected biotope has to be reproduced in the terrarium, since they need both habitats […]