Porcelain Crab

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Description of the Porcelain Crab

The Porcelain Crab also known as the Spotted Anemone Crab or Anemone Crab and has a mutual symbiotic relationship with the sea anemone. Like the Clown Fish, the Porcelain crab is immune to the stinging tentacles of the sea anemone. In return for keeping the anemone clean, the crab is sheltered and protected from predators in a similar relationship to that of the Clownfish and the Sea Anemone.

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Porcelain Crab

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Popular Name: Porcelain Crab
Species: Neopetrolisthes maculatus

Profile of the Porcelain Crab
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Porcelain Crab species.

  • Size: 2-3cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried or Flaked Food, Eats mucus from the sea anemone

  • Temperament: Peaceful, Symbiotic relationship with sea anemone

  • Habitat: Lives on Sea Anemones

  • Behaviour: Generally Peaceful

  • Range: Western Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Porcelain Crab
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Neopetrolisthes maculatus

  • Popular Name: Porcelain Crab - Spotted Anemone Crab - Anemone Crab

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Porcellanidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Porcelain Crab?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why does the Porcelain Crab have an Exoskeleton?
A crabs shell is an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton protects the crustacean from predators and is also used for sensing and feeding. The exoskeleton grows and hardens and is eventually shred when the carpace becomes too small. The carpace is the upper section of the exoskeleton.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Porcelain Crab called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Porcelain Crab

Porcelain Crab

  • Interesting Information about Porcelain Crab

  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Neopetrolisthes maculatus

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