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Staghorn Hermit Crab - Manucomplanus varians

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Staghorn Hermit Crabs (Manucomplanus varians) are named for their hydroid and bryozoan shell (primarily the hydroid Janarua mirabilis) which resembles coral. The hermit and its live shell are both omnivorous but while the crab will scavenge the hydroid must be fed invertebrate foods to thrive.

Instead of changing shells like other hermit crabs, the Staghorn Hermit will tend to its live shell and maintain the "hole" in the coral to fit its body size. There are also reports of the crab crawling out of the shell to trim the antler-like growths on the back of the "shell". These crabs cannot right themselves if flipped over and should be kept in peaceful, predator-free environments.
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Common NameStaghorn Hermit Crab
Scientific NameManucomplanus varians
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
DifficultyModerate to High
Max Size (in inches)2 (excl. shell)
Min Tank Size (in gallons)20
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
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Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico

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