View Full Version : Need a crab identified

06-25-2011, 01:55 AM
I was cleaning out one of my ponds and I found this guy. He must have gotten in with a bucket of native fish that I put in there. Must have been pretty small then, since I didn't notice it and its been in there about 6 months now. It has the ability to be fully aquatic I guess, since there was nowhere in the pond for it to get out of the water. I moved it to his own tank.


06-25-2011, 02:27 AM
sry im at a loss lol.
looks great and it looks like it could be a crab :P.
this is a saltwater im assuming? (if there are any freshwater idk)
where about in the world do you think it came from

06-25-2011, 02:32 AM
Kind of looks like a mangrove crab species.

06-25-2011, 02:45 AM
Its freshwater, and didnt come from anywhere near a mangrove

06-25-2011, 02:54 AM
well if your location is correct then maybe a Trinidad moutain crab? but those are land crabs..... mutant?

06-25-2011, 02:55 AM
I have no idea lol. I looked at photos of the trinidad mountain crab but the carapace and legs are different

06-25-2011, 04:56 AM
I honestly don't know much about crabs but holy guacamole I read while googling that Trinidad has something like 100 crab species. This is kind of like looking for a needle in a needle-stack

Trinidad Mountain Crab - Pseudotelphusa garmani ??

It looks like its similar to this one: http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/366800/enlarge

06-25-2011, 11:39 AM
Yes! thats it exactly! Thanks Trillianne :)

No id on it though. This is frustrating lol

06-25-2011, 03:43 PM
Yeah I know he wasn't identified, but thought the photo of one that if it was similar and being out on leaf-litter instead of completely submerged would help you out if you are thinking of keeping him and setting up his home.

You might also try emailing the website info@sciencephoto.com with the link and ask if they now know.

06-25-2011, 05:48 PM
The tank hes in is only has a few inches of water and a place for him to climb onto dry land