A blue-legged hermit crab cleaning shells in an aquarium
A blue-legged hermit crab cleaning shells in an aquarium

Clibanarius tricolor is a hermit crab that lives in shallow water of the Caribbean Sea and is popular in the home aquarium trade. Its common names include blue-legged hermit crab, tricolor hermit crab, blueleg reef hermit crab, equal handed hermit crab and blueleg hermit crab.

Description

C. tricolor has blue legs with red banding, and reaches to 2 centimeters (0.79 in) in size.

Feeding

C. tricolor is a detritivore, eating dead plants and animals that would otherwise clog the reef. It also eats green hair algae, cyanobacteria and seaweed. It even sifts through sand looking for food, cleaning the sand in the process.

In the aquarium

C. tricolor is a popular aquarium hermit crab because of its coloration and because its feeding habits lead it to clean tanks. It is emblematic of the public's shift from purely decorative animals to "working" animals that help sustain the aquarium's ecosystem, reducing the need for active management by the owner.

Synonyms

Clibanarius brachyops Bouvier, 1918

Source: wikipedia

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bubble updated Blue Legged Hermit Crab
2013-01-13 23:30:55 -0500
**_Clibanarius tricolor_** is a hermit crab that lives in shallow water of the Caribbean Sea and is popular in the home aquarium trade. Its common names include **blue-legged hermit crab**, **tricolor hermit crab**, **blueleg reef hermit crab**, **equal handed hermit crab** and **blueleg hermit crab**. Description _C. tricolor_ has blue legs with red banding, and reaches to 2 centimeters (0.79 in) in size. Feeding _C. tricolor_ is a detritivore, eating dead plants and animals that would otherwise clog the reef. It also eats green hair algae, cyanobacteria and seaweed. It even sifts through sand looking for food, cleaning the sand in the process.
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bubble posted on Blue Legged Hermit Crab
2013-01-13 23:14:55 -0500
A blue-legged hermit crab cleaning shells in an aquarium
A blue-legged hermit crab cleaning shells in an aquarium
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kla updated Blue Legged Hermit Crab
2012-04-10 14:53:32 -0400
**_Clibanarius tricolor_** is a hermit crab that lives in shallow water of the Caribbean Sea and is popular in the home aquarium trade. Its common names include **blue-legged hermit crab**, **tricolor hermit crab**, **blueleg reef hermit crab**, **equal handed hermit crab** and **blueleg hermit crab**. Description _C. tricolor_ has blue legs with red banding, and reaches to 2 centimeters (0.79 in) in size. Feeding _C. tricolor_ is a detritivore, eating dead plants and animals that would otherwise clog the reef. It also eats green hair algae, cyanobacteria and seaweed. It even sifts through sand looking for food, cleaning the sand in the process.

Invertebrate Specs

Scientific Name
Family
Diogenidae
Environment
Salt
Reef Safe
Yes

Tanks (31)

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