Spider Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa)
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Crustacea
Range: Indo-Pacific Region
Size: 4 in. Space:: 50+ gal. Diet: Algae, detritus
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Spider Decorator Crab is found in littoral areas climbing over coral rubble in search of food. It collects various species of soft corals, sponges, and sometimes debris to adorn its shell and camouflage itself from predators.
Husbandry: The Spider Decorator Crab should be housed in a system with live rock and coral rubble. Some algae growth may help to supplement its diet. It is not reef safe due to its habit of tearing corals and sponges from the substrate to adorn its shell. It is omnivorous and will generally scavenge food that is left uneaten by fish, but may also consume small ornamental crustaceans. As with all crabs, it may be aggressive toward other crustaceans.
AKA: Decorator Crab
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