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  1. Save 12% off with the code "EarlyLaborDay". You can use it on everything, it will even work on rock. Macroalgae season is ending soon, this is a good time to stock up before the fall, when high winds create rough and murky water. Was another fun summer, thanks for supporting us! www.ReefCleaners.org
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    What's growing on my snail

    Looks like a turf algae, probably in the bad category I would brush it off him. They tend to have algae growing on them that they eat.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    That is a possibility I am near an international port. Stuff does come in according to local lore and I believe it (seen a lot of exotics, most blame it on aquaculture and I believe that too) but they rarely breed. It may have been swept in with last hurricane too. We get small populations of animals whose range is supposed to be only as north as Latin America. Animals that tend to hang out on seaweed. Finally have a day to post some new species I have been finding. I will do that soon. Also will work on better pics of these guys.
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    Behold, Your Snail King

    The Aloe plant is going to take one for the team today. 🙂
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    Behold, Your Snail King

    Called a Devil's Head Decorator crab here. I am embarrassed that I am so tired and sunburned I am forgetting his species name.
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    Behold, Your Snail King

    I should get to it soon. Just getting in now.
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    Behold, Your Snail King

    If this species is all over the Bahamas or something keep it yourself, I don't want to know.
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    Behold, Your Snail King

    I planned a journey to locate a decorator crab species. Red to match the algae where he makes his home, he is hard to find. Unavailable for purchase at any price, this little guy is something special. So it was worth the time planning my route. Seeing the channels that were in his range. Finding the right depths is important, ya' know? I would have to go get close to the ground I covered and study every square inch. I dove in search of this crab until my dive shirt chafed. So I took it off. Then I continued until my back burned to match the crab I sought. "Maybe I need to become his habitat", I thought to myself "then he will come to me" Another day, no luck. Staring down another night's room bill and 3rd degree burns I decided it was worth enlisting some help. So I called a dive buddy of mine. I described the crab that had become my Moby Dick. . . . . "Oh, I think I have one of those in my tank. Why, do you want it?" 🤣 Behold, the Snail King:
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    New Hermit Crab Species

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    New Hermit Crab Species

    That is as close as I have been able to see him myself. You guys are awesome by the way. I have been googling around awhile before I mentioned it, wanted to be able to ID him myself and be all cool. So hard to find these links.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    None of the species I am aware of. They just tend to get bolder colors as they get older.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    Nice link! I have seen that guy. He is rare but around, or another that looks like him. This guy is black where he is white and pink where he is red.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    Looks kind of like a zebra stripe, but pink instead of white. Had a hard time seeing eye color. I think I have an adult, has a deeper coloration than the others. About the size of blue legs.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    Horizontal.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    Atlantic. But a gulf guide wouldn’t hurt most make it around to both. After the first 15 or so most common hermits I can’t find anything. I forgot which book I used to identify the MacLaughlin hermit. That would be good to know. In the Keys now. It will be a day or two before I get another shot at photographing him. Ran late this morning and didn’t have time. Pics or it it didn’t happen. I know.
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