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  • Hermit, Left Hand Zebra

Hermit, Left Hand Zebra

Product Description

The Dwarf Zebra/Orange & Black Hermit Crab is one of the most popular hermit crabs for the home marine aquarium. It gets its name from its distinct coloration. Calcinus laevimanus is named for its colored pinchers and the white or orange bands that dress its otherwise dark legs. Like other members of the genus Calcinus, the Dwarf Zebra/Orange & Black Hermit Crab also has long eyestalks. However, this particular crab's eyestalks are a brilliant blue and fades into an orange-tinged upper half. Also known as the Left-Handed Hermit Crab, the Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab is very small but boasts an enlarged left claw. If attacked by a predator or threatened, the Dwarf Zebra/Orange & Black Hermit Crab backs into its shell and uses the large left claw to block and defend the entrance to its shell. The Dwarf Zebra/Orange & Black is found in the inter-tidal areas from Hawaii through the Central Pacific to the Eastern Pacific. Since they scavenge for detritus and consume nuisance algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), the Dwarf Zebra/Orange & Black Hermit Crab is a highly desired addition to the home reef aquarium. If there are insufficient algae in the aquarium, their diet should be supplemented with (more...),,-->

Care Level

Easy

Temperament

Peaceful

Water Conditions

72-78 F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025

Max Size

1in

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