Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab - Dardanus megistos Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is a beautiful crab, easy to maintain and non-poisonous in nature. Its qualities make it popular among all the levels of aquarists and they all can try their hands on Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab. The article briefs you about the various aspects of Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab that may come handy vis-ö-vis its maintenance in your marine aquarium. Taxonomy:
Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda, Class Crustacea, Order Decapoda, Family Diogenidae, Genus Dardanus and Species megistos. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is Dardanus megistos. Other common names:
Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is also known as Red Hermit Crab, Scarlet Hermit Crab, Red Reef Hermit Crab, Bernard lÍermite and White Spotted Hermit Crab. Origin or natural range:
Dardanus megistos is found in the East Atlantic region, Indo-Pacific Ocean including Mauritius, Philippines and Solomon Islands. Size:
Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab may grow up to a size of eight inches. Compatibility:
Dardanus megistos is semi-aggressive towards the other members in your marine aquarium. Habit & Habitat:
- Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is found on shallow lagoons and bays.
- Dardanus megistos shares a symbiotic relationship with anemones by hiding in their stinging tentacles. This symbiosis protects Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab from its predators.
- Dardanus megistos is very hardy.
- The body of Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is red in color with yellow colored eyestalks.
- The legs of Dardanus megistos are hairy and are red in color with white dots outlined in black color.
- The left claw of Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is larger in size as compared to that of the right claw.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
Your marine aquarium must meet the following specifications to successfully host Hermit Crab _ Assorted Crab in it:
- Temperature of water: Dardanus megistos requires the temperature of your marine aquarium to be maintained between seventy-two and seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: Hermit Crab _ Assorted Crab needs the specific gravity of water to range within 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: The pH value of water in your marine aquarium should scale between 8.10 and 8.40 to the comfort of Dardanus megistos.
- Habit & habitat:
- To host Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab, your aquarium should be a community type marine aquarium instead of reef type aquarium.
- Your marine aquarium should have rocks and sand in it.
- In the search of food, Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab ploughs the sand well thereby improving the aeration of sand.
- Do not keep more than one species of Hermit Crab in your marine aquarium.
- Your reef tank should have many multiple sized shells so that Dardanus megistos may live in them and may change them according to its body size.
- Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is nocturnal in habit and is therefore, active at night.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- Dardanus megistos is Omnivorous in feeding habit and eats algae, detritus, mollusks, tube worms, fish and the meaty bits of seafood.
- If there are not sufficient algae in your marine aquarium then add dry seaweed and earth worms as dietary supplements for Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab.
Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is easy to maintain owing to its non-poisonous nature. Caution:
- Dardanus megistos eats fish, small marine invertebrates, mollusks and tube worms therefore, do not keep the crab in a reef type marine aquarium.
- Hermit Crab - Assorted Crab is aggressive towards the other Hermit Crabs and therefore, itÍs better if you keep one crab per aquarium.