Neoliomera pubescens aka Hawaiin strawberry crab

Neoliomera pubescens aka Hawaiin strawberry crab

Postby FuEl » Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:13 am

Has anyone had any experience with raising the larvae of this species? I'm considering getting 1-2 pairs to try out but only unsure if they require any settlement cue. :?
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Postby FuEl » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:28 am

Decided to lay my hands on a pair. So far not showing any aggressive tendencies towards my juvenile Banggais. Seem content plucking at algae. Hopefully they are as reef safe as claimed by websites. :lol:

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Postby till » Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:47 am

Hi Fuel,

nice crabs :) what size do they have? (carapax length)

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Postby FuEl » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:34 pm

Greetings till,

The larger male is about 4cm carapace width. The female is around 3cm carapace width. I'm not sure if they get much bigger than that but I doubt so. So far they are very peaceful to one another, as well to my fish. Rather slow moving crabs. :lol:
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Postby FuEl » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:25 am

Why I love working with crustaceans so much.. its so easy to get them to breed. :lol:

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They were caught in this embrace in broad daylight, for around 30 mins. Apparently the female did not moult.
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Postby till » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:33 pm

nice shot! ;) any larvae yet?
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Postby FuEl » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:05 am

Greetings till,

These crabs are unusual indeed. I have not observed either one of them moult at all. Never noticed any eggs too. :shock:

However I must say that this species is very fish safe. They share the same pvc pipe as my dottyback without eating it. Even banggais that stay right next to them are left alone. :P
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Postby aric o » Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:09 pm

Great pic

have you had any luck breeding any other typ s of crabs.



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Postby FuEl » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:54 am

Only had some fun with emerald crabs and zebra crabs. Never really got them past megalopa stage as yet. Worked with the common blue swimmer crab, Portunus pelagicus, with some course mates back in uni.
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Postby FuEl » Sat Mar 22, 2008 4:47 am

Have had these guys for about 2 months now. They have not even moulted once. I'm stumped. :shock:
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Postby FuEl » Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:30 am

Been 5 months since I got the pair of crabs. They have yet to moult even once :shock: . Anyone else has experience with this species?
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Postby laurabolyard » Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:03 pm

so, youre the reason I joined! I was researching my new purchase and this thread came up. I bought my crab about 3 weeks ago, a couple of weeks ago I noticed a red patch under her which I assumed to be eggs, and now my overflow is filled with free swimmers! I had read that the female only needs to mate once, she can continue to reproduce for the rest of their life. I guess I got lucky to have bought a female who has already mated, and to have had eggs so quickly, but NOW WHAT!!?? Do you know what the larvae eat?
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Postby FuEl » Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:05 pm

Hi Laura, you could try rotifers in the beginning and slowly switch over to NHBS. Do you happen to have a link to that article? I have not been able to find any information with regards to their moulting cycle nor breeding cycle. :cry:
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