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    Well moved him in to his new home
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    He seems to have already found a comfortable spot



    Need to get some better pics
    But here's a few of his new tank / 24in. X 13in.






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    hmmm i know how i can tell, let me get a pot of water steaming....
    no no jk

    It looks a lot like a "Red Clawed Mangrove" crab to me

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    Glad you think you might have an ID, I was just taking a wild stab. Although I must say it looks like most pics of the S. bidens (red claw mangrove crabs) have a much different color than yours. Yours is more of a solid red with orange legs in your pics whereas the google search shows a purple face and legs on most S. bidens and those google crabs look like they are maybe smaller than yours. This is what I find googling Sesarma bidens: http://www.google.com/images?q=sesar...iw=950&bih=502 But then yours could be pre-molt and could look different in a few days after shedding and coloring up again.

    Post some pics at Panzerwelten if you haven't already and see what the volks there think it might be. I'm sure Oliver will be interested.

    I actually got my Geosesarma sp. "Red" Vampire Crabs from Philippe De Vosjoli a reptile book author/breeder. He imported a batch from Sulawesi and I was able to get some of 'em (5 pairs). He breeds the G. bicolor (purple & yellow vampire crabs) but the reds were a new discovery last spring (first import was to Germany in Feb. then here in April or so), they still are only ID'd by "Red" - how exciting a name is that!? LOL

    I keep mine on a mixture of peat, bark, crushed oak leaf, sphagnum and live mosses. The Geosesarma eat the substrate they live on as well as meats so they eat the peat and the mosses, not enough to eat it all and they don't bother live plants any. They love to tunnel/burrow through the substrate and make "houses" under plants so, unfortunately this means I rarely ever see them! LOL

    I put crushed sea shells and pieces of plaster of paris in their ponds so the water has a bit of buffered hardness, Geosesarma are true FW land crabs dwelling on muddy banks, mossy trees and inside N. ampullarias, never ever needing/wanting salt in their water and giving birth to live young with no free swimming planktonic stage, one day the female has eggs the next there are wingless fruit fly sized crabs darting about.
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    @ Swords

    From what I've read I think Perisesarma Moeshi & Sesarma Bidens are the same thing
    Looks like they did a name change on them
    http://www.shrimpdiaries.com/crabs/r...mangrove-crab/

    I'll Pm you a link to the other guys site I was talking about if you're in to crabs

    DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    hmmm i know how i can tell, let me get a pot of water steaming....
    no no jk

    It looks a lot like a "Red Clawed Mangrove" crab to me
    Yeah that looks like what it is / Thanx

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    It might be in the Sessarma or Geosessarma genus, but I can't be completely sure. I'm no crab expert.

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    Thanx for the info.

    What Ever It Is
    It seems to be happy & is doing good

    All thought I never see it / LOL

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    I have many species of crabs. That appears to me a Flower Crab. There are videos on youtube of them. Brackish water for them.(yours may not be one, it seems a bit large) Just enough water to cover their legs. Feed what you would feed any other crab. veggies, crushed eggshell, fish food, and some meats. prferrably shrimp. crickets are good too.

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    Whatever it is, it seems to be doing good
    Although I never see it unless I dig it out / Spends all of its time hiding

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