Species Name : Hepatus Epheliticus
Care Level : Easy
Temperament : Peaceful
Color : White, Red
Diet : Omnivore
Reef Compatible : With Caution
Water Conditions : 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size : 4 1/2 inches
Origin : Western Atlantic Ocean
Family : Hepatidae
Supplements : Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
The Calico Crab (Hepatus Epheliticusor) the shy-face crab is a native of the western Atlantic Ocean and is found in a wide range of places around the world. Box crab are named because of the way they can tuck their legs into their bodies giving the appearance of a neat box.
The Calico Crab is white in color with red patches that have darker-colored outline all over its carapace. The mature male crab has narrow abdomen (apron) while the mature female has broad, convex apron. The claws are broad and shaped so that they can cover the crab’s “face.” Its carapace is nearly round in shape and can grow up to 3 inches wide.
They spend a good majority of their time buried in the sand bed, and they should be supplied with a bed at least 2-3 inches deep. Like most invertebrates, the Calico Crab does not do well if there are large swings in water parameters. It also does not tolerate any type of metal traces in the water, therefore, it should never be in contact with any copper medications.
These crabs should not be trusted with delicate corals or inverts, but should not harm fish.
It is an omnivore but it mainly subsists on fish, worms, clams, and other invertebrates.
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