Ohh dear....ID help please....

Discussion in 'ID This!' started by Frizza, Aug 1, 2007.

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  1. Frizza

    Frizza Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I have a horrible feeling that this guy is a mantis shrimp. Noticed him today hanging under a rock. This is the best picture I could get.
     

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  3. Diver_1298

    Diver_1298 Eyelash Blennie

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    It looks like a porcelain crab to me...
    Any one else?
    Good picture btw ;)

    Jim
     
  4. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    +2 ;D
     
  5. geekdafied

    geekdafied 3reef Sponsor

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    +3 on the porcelain, if its not that, its some other filter feeder invert. Definetly not a mantis.
     
  6. lunatik_69

    lunatik_69 Giant Squid

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    I 4th the motion, its a porcelain crab for sure. 100%
     
  7. Frizza

    Frizza Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Do those crabs make any clicking sounds, have heard it from time to time and when I saw the little guys head sticking out from under the rock I assumed it was either a pistol or mantis shrimp.
    I may take out the rock and see if I can get a better picture of him, mind you I haven't seen a porcelain crab before so if everyone is sure its one of those maybe I should just leave it where it is.
     
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  9. coral reefer

    coral reefer Giant Squid

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    Porcelain crab! Mantis shrimp are not filter feeders... This crab has maxillipeds(feathery appendages) used to capture tiny plankton etc. from the water column!
     
  10. geekdafied

    geekdafied 3reef Sponsor

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    The color is what makes me think its not a porcelain, there are several other crabs that have maxillipeds, porcelains are not the only ones.
     
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  11. Bruce

    Bruce Giant Squid

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    I think maybe a tube snail. Does it ever move from that position?
     
  12. nemo79

    nemo79 Zoanthid

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    I can't really tell but it doesn't look like a mantis from that pic, mantis have bulging eyes and hold there claws inward towards their body. How many clicks are u hearing, my pistol will make multiple consecutive clicks, he's tiny but definitely a pistol...rarely see him but he's got the shrimp body, eyes, and one larger claw. You will hear a pistol more often than see it. Get a flash light(better if it's red) and take a look at night, you will see amazing things going on in the tank with a flash light. An LED flash light is good too, doesn't cast too much light so it doesn't "scare" thing away.