Boxing Crab Reviews

Facts & Details

These interesting little crabs are rarely ever available to the hobbyist. The Boxing Crab, a.k.a. Pom Pom Crab, is a small white crab with orange and black markings, which has evolved into carrying small white anemones in either one, or both, of its tiny claws. These tiny anemones are waved at predators to protect the Boxing Crab from being eaten. They will also swipe these anemones across the floor to pick up food. The Boxing Crab may drop the Anemones, especially when molting.Crabs belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of a Crab is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. They have a smaller abdomen and tail compared to Shrimp and they keep this tucked beneath the carapace. The first pair of their legs are usually developed claws which they use to gather food, use as protection, and to move objects. In order for Crabs to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Crabs will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Crab finds a hiding place and allows its new shell to harden.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, Lauren DeMartini.