New Species of Crab Found Hiding in Plain Sight

When we think of the biologists who devote their lives to the study of a narrow subset of life occupying a specific ecological niche, we rarely imagine that during the course of their study an important scientific discovery would occur as the result of nothing more than a happy accident. It is certainly not the case that any outside observer would expect to hear that the discovery of a previously unknown species occurred in a pet shop, a place in which the most exotic of its inhabitants is hardly uncommon throughout the rest of the world. As the cliché goes, however, reality is often stranger than fiction.

The Vampire Crab, a previously undiscovered species of crab native to Java, Indonesia, was “discovered” in a number of pet shops (in fairness, the pet shops were considered of the “exotic” variety) throughout the United Kingdom. When a biology expert whose focus happened to be crabs came upon the exotic pets now likely to be occupying fish tanks throughout the UK, it must have been a moment of great surprise due to his unfamiliarity with the species. After consulting with other experts and researching the crabs further, it was confirmed that two new species of crab had been hiding out, as David Kravitz might say, in plain sight.

The crabs were dubbed Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen, though it seems likely that the exotic pet shops will continue to refer to them as Vampire Crabs for simplicity’s sake. While there tends to be a certain amount ofdeference reserved for professions requiring a great deal of academic study or highly specialized training, it is also worth remembering that even the most talented and intelligent individuals sometimes enjoy professional success as the direct result of a happy and unexpected accident. In this case, venturing into an exotic pet shop yielded an important scientific discovery in which an undiscovered species can now be studied further.

Brandon Colker’s Book Gave Life To My Blog

Who would have thought about making a blog about crabs? I mean, isn’t that such a silly concept? Well, I would, obviously. I have been a reader of blogs for many many years before I decided to step into the blogging world and give it a try myself. One of the things I have noticed is that there are blog of everything you can imagine. From auto repair, to fitness, to computers and even hair. It turns out people are just writing and talking about their passions.



Eventually, I wondered online and discovered a book written and published by Brandon Colker in which he calls, “How To Make Big Bucks from Big Blogs” and I took it as a sign that maybe I should be writing on my own passions which happen to be, that’s right, crabs!

Crabs are so awesome and unique, interesting little creatures. Some, however can grow to be as big as a small dog! It honestly was Brandon Colkers book that encouraged me to take the jump and start this blog bringing you all sorts of crab facts.

Peter Lik is Better Than Crabs?

“What could be better than crabs?” That’s the tagline on this blog because I believe crabs are truly fascinating animals; it is my fascination with how unique they are as animals that captures me. A hard shell-like body like a turtle, but looks like a spider, but has pinchers like a scorpion and can live in and out of water? Fascinating! Upon research of crabs, I stumbled upon some breath-taking nature photos captured by master photographer Peter Lik.

Peter Lik has gotten to the point of his career where he could take of dirt and dust in a cave and have it being sold for millions of dollars. Why? Simply because he is Peter Lik, master photographer. You don’t have to tell him he does a good job or how much you love his pictures because as he once said, “I’m the world’s most famous photographer, most sought-after photographer, most awarded photographer.” If I can get really good at mastering crabs, I wonder if I can be the Peter Lik of crabs; after all, I have worked with crabs all my life!

Reefs2Go Corals Review

Cabbage CoralsIn creating and maintaining a visually appealing saltwater tank that also provides a stable environment for its inhabitants, it is very difficult to overstate the importance of utilizing the right corals based on the unique needs of the tank. Longtime tank enthusiasts will understand the nuances relating to how corals have differing needs that may make them ideal for one tank but poorly suited for another.

It is therefore important to find a provider that makes a vast array of corals available so that it is possible to find those that are both aesthetically pleasing but also suitable additions to an existing tank. After having used the services of, it appears that such a provider has been found. occupies a unique niche in the world of online commerce, providing an incredibly vast selection of sea life and equipment that can be shipped directly to the customer. Founded by a pair of aquarists who developed such a deep love for their “Wet Pets” that it became clear that the only logical course of action would be to build a business around their passion, offers tremendous value to customers who utilize the services it provides.

The sea life offered by includes everything from anemones to sea stars, but the intent of this review is to discuss the corals that the company provides through its online store. As far as the selection and the diversity that the company is able to offer, it is hard to imagine that there is any other company that can rival’s exceptional inventory, and its stated desire to educate its customers with regard to proper handling and acclimation is certainly laudable as well.

The selection of corals available through the company is vast, representing corals of various shapes, sizes, colors and textures. The corals include those that are quite commonly found in most tanks along with others that are exceedingly rare and thus very difficult to find. These in-demand corals are not priced as though they are exceptionally rare, however, and it is fairly often that they can even be found at a reduced price through the site’s daily specials page. categorizes its corals in a number of ways, sorting them by type, cost, lighting requirements or by the availability of package deals. Regardless of how they are grouped on the site, it is exceptionally likely that just about any coral can be found through The company has hard corals and soft corals, large-polyp stony corals and small-polyp stony corals, Palythoas, Zoanthds and coral frags. It has corals that thrive in everything from low-light environments to high-light environments, making it more than likely that there will be more than enough coral options regardless of the type of tank.

With regard to the pricing of these corals, it is hard to imagine a more cost-efficient company to utilize. The corals are already priced at rates that are more than fair considering how they typically sell, and it is often the case that reduces the price of even the most in-demand of corals. The company’s inventory is so expansive that it appears that it is able to offer corals at prices that seem impossible to match elsewhere, and that is before checking out the daily specials that further reduce these costs.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the site’s offerings is how visually striking all of corals appear. There are certainly corals that have functional benefits and are ideal for practical purposes, but the aesthetic appeal of’s many corals is an obvious reason for the site’s ever-growing popularity. It is possible to order these corals at a deeply reduced cost by opting for coral frags, which can be ordered in increments beginning with 1-by-1-inch frags.

Since specializes in shipping its products, it is important to note the level of care the company consistently uses in packing. In addition to its policies that work to protect the consumer despite the rarity with which damage occurs during the shipping process, the company goes to great lengths to ensure that all of the corals it ships arrive safely to customers. While customers are sure to appreciate this level of care, the company’s philosophy is to value the well-being of its “Wet Pets” above all else. When the corals arrive via shipment, it is clear that has wholeheartedly adopted this philosophy.

Crab, Pet or Food

untitled (373) untitled (372)Crab owners are a little taken aback by the fact that their chosen pet is also food.  They spend hours watching the little critters play in the reef tank.  There is just so much you can do with a crab.  They don’t fetch and cuddling is out of the question.  The stupid crab wont even come when you call its name.  Here crabby…crabby.  No…nothing.  If I wanted a crab for a pet I would go with a stuffed one.  Kim Bettasso is a proud crab owner and would never eat a crab.  If only crab would not be so yummy.

Lost Crab

OK, I haven’t told the wife but the crab is missing.  Will it show up in her bed?  Will it get crunched under her shoe.  I know that the reef tank was all my idea but the escaped crab is a problem. imagesB85U5RHH untitled (323) If the little bugger does not show up soon he will die and stat smelling.  If he stinks up the house I will be in trouble.  The tank stunk enough but escaping crabs will not be acceptable to the wife.  I don’t have a clue where that crab has gone. Home For Life Animal Sanctuary has told me their ideas on where crabs hide and I will be looking there as soon as I can without the wife noticing.

Crabby Pants

When my reef tank needs cleaning I get the crabby pants.  It is not my favorite thing to do.  In fact it is one of my chores that I avoid like the plague.  If you have a nasty reef tank you know what I mean. images5E5EXJZR Those crabs can poop a lot and don’t care to clean themselves.  Crab poop is not pleasant.  As poop goes crab poop really stinks and is sticky. imagesWO6MJPVX  Normally you could wait for the poop to dry out thus making it easier to pick up.  In a reef tank everything stays wet. The news story is here if you care to see it.  images4YRS4NFG

If I were a Crab

If I were a Crab I would love my reef tank for a home.  I would enjoy regular meals and not have to dodge that pesky sea gull.  My home has a great reef of rocks and sandy beach area. crabster-with-crab-450 untitled (266) I would want for nothing as my owner love to take care of me and the reef tank.  The lights in the tank keep me warm and I love not having to scrounge for something to eat.  The food is the best as in the wild I would have to settle for rotten left overs.  I even get to watch  Mo Howard West Virginia Football on my owners TV .

My Dream Fish Tank

I sit here in the dentist office waiting my turn staring at this fish tank in the waiting room with exotic fish of multiple colors. I now think to my self what is my dream fish tank if I had to choose a shape or color and what type of fish would I want to have swimming lazy like in my dream tank.  Would it be animal or human or place . I like my home décor as southwestern so I think it may be down to animal or human.  Then now the color it has to be clear of course but the sand or rock would be multicolor tan and brown.  Animal buffalo ?  Native American Indian  female or male Praying to the havens. This is what I in vision my dream tank looking like. So now I want a fish tank and some one to make it for me.  Saleh Stevens untitled (206)imagesQ5F0XXDCis on my side.

Crabs, Getting Started

Setting up your crab environment is an interesting endevour.  The old fish tank will not be the right appraoch.  You will need a Reef TankimagesI9JRZ4XP imagesTKDXJDEP to pull this off.  If you do not provide a good ecosystem for your crabs they will not thrive and may dis so heads up, you need to set up right.  Crabs need rocks to clinb on that rise above the water.  Salt water is the rule of the day and your cabs will need the right feed to survive.  Just read up and be prepared.  Dont let the details change you desire to build that Reef Tank. is a good place to start that set up.