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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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 .
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 is on my side.
Setting up your crab environment is an interesting endevour. The old fish tank will not be the right appraoch. You will need a Reef Tank 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. https://ideamensch.com/joe-olujic/ is a good place to start that set up.
My crab escaped. That simple statement is maybe a misspeak on my part. The fact is that the crabs took a long ride down the toilet. The crabs were a gift to a child that lost interest in them long ago. The general neglect led to stink and dead crabs. The spare the brats feelings about the demise od the little crabs I told him they escaped. The doomed search that followed was the most fun had with the crabs ever. The room was the first place examined for crabs and soon was eliminated from the possible hiding places. https://www.linkedin.com/company/fisher-investments is a good place to find crab funds.
Hey look, I like fish aquariums but crabs? Really? These ugly little crustaceans have no place in my home. They are a mess and stink to high heaven. I don’t even like to eat them. I don’t even want to talk about the crab louse. There is a reason that bitchy people are called crabby. They look angry all the time. Ever met a happy crab? Who knows? You cant read the little buggers. If one gets out of the cage it is panic time with the kids. Maybe not missing snake panic but definitely scary stuff if found in your shorts. Dana Sibilsky found a crab in the toilet. Flush time as far as I’m concerned.
Tropical Fish are the most colorful and the overall best in my opinion. There or so many to choose from seawater fish. The problem with saltwater fish is that the water has to be just right on the most colorful and exotic fish. These fish can really cost a lot of money so you don’t want to just go buying a fish tank and filling it with fish until you do your homework first and to ask a lot of question first. Then start out small and less expensive until the salt water tank is just right adding the more exotic costly fish little a times to keep from losing a bundle of money getting set up and then finding out how had it is to care for and keep tanks up. With the technology these days keep a fish tank is getting easier but not fully cheaper in the start up. Fish are so cool and calming I love to go into offices with fish in them it just happens you relax and give a since of caring. Dove Medical Press says that fish tanks at the doctors office are a great feature.