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.
Also known as the Left-Handed Hermit Crab, is very small but boasts an enlarged left claw. If attacked by a predator or threatened, backs into its shell and uses the large left claw to block and defend the entrance to its shell. 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),is a highly desired addition to the home reef aquarium. If there are insufficient algae in the aquarium, their diet should be supplemented with dried seaweed. Like other invertebrates, care needs to be taken with the use of medications. Additionally, strict water parameters must be maintained. Be sure to accommodate their growth by supplying empty shells of various size and shape.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
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