September 20, 2016 at 11:32 am #6124Gregory ChrislipParticipant
Been hoping to start an E colony in the spring and have been researching conditions, habitats and most importantly shells. Two good science based resources came up: Abrams, Peter. “Shell Selection and Utilization in a Terrestrial Hermit Crab, Coenobita Compressus (H. Milne Edwards).” Oecologia 34.2 (1978): 239-53. and Ball, E. E. 1972. Observations on the biology of the hermit crab, Coenobita compressus H. Milne Edwards (Decapoda; Anomura) on the west coast of the Americans. Revista de Biologica Tropical 20:265.
Using these sources and the internet I believe I have come up with a good list of shells. The list hat shell name, country of origin in parentheses and location where crabs used the shell if known.
Achatina spp. (Japanese land snail): (African in origin?) internet source.
Babylonia areolata- Areola/spotted Babylon (SE Asia; Philippines; Formosa; China?) internet source.
Babylonia japonica- Japanese Babylon (Korea; Japan; Taiwan?) internet source.
Babylonia spirata-spiral Babylon (Pakistan – Sri Lanka – Taiwan?) internet source.
Babylonia zeylanica-brown blotched (SE India?) internet source.
Cantharus melanostomus (Indian Ocean – Philippines) Internet source.
Cryptonartica affinis (accepted name. Cryptonatica affinis) – Arctic moonshell Circum-Arctic – Mediterranean; – California, USA; – N Carolina, USA; – Japan) Internet source.
Echinolittorina peruviana-periwinkle (Ecuador – Chile; Galápagos) this shell name came up when researching Littoraria zebra, looks promising.
Euspira lewisii (accepted name. Neverita lewisii)-Lewis’s moon snail (Vancouver Island, Canada – N Baja California, Mexico) Internet source.
Leucozonia cerata- waxy latirus (S Sea of Cortèz, W Mexico – Panama; Galápagos) the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research.
Littoraria zebra (not correct Littorina zebra) – zebra periwinkle (Pacific Costa Rica – Colombia) the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research; Bahia Solano, Columbia.
Melongena melongena- West Indian conch (NE Mexico – Colombia – Surinam; Antilles; Mid-Atlantic Ridge) internet source.
Nassarius dorsatus- channeled nassa (W Pacific): internet source.
Natica chemnitzii (Panama, Ecuador, probably scattered throughout the Pacific); came up when researching shells in area of C. compressus.
Natica lineata (accepted name. Tanea lineata) (N Indian Ocean – Japan & W Australia) internet source.
Natica stellate- stellate sand snail (Australia; Indo-W Pacific) Internet source.
Nerita funiculata (Baja California, Mexico – N Peru; Galápagos) the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico.
Nerita scabricosta- Ornate nerite (Baja California, Mexico – Peru; Galápagos) the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research; Straights between Islas Gorgona and Gorgonilla, Columbia; Bahia Solano, Columbia; ; Isle Montuosa, Panama; Area of Islas Negritos and Cedros, Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico.
Neverita didyma-ball moon shell (SE Africa – W Pacific) internet source.
Phasianella australis- Australian pheasant, painted lady, and pheasant snail (W – SE Australia; Tasmania)
Plicopurpura patula –widemouth rockshell (SE Florida, USA; West Indies; Mid-Atlantic Ridge) Straights between Islas Gorgona and Gorgonilla, Columbia: Bahia Solano, Columbia; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico; the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research
Polinices duplicatus (accepted name Neverita duplicate) – shark’s eye (Massachusetts, USA – Yucatán, Mexico; Bahamas) Salinas and vicinity, Ecuador (small percentage usage).
Solenosteira fusiformis (Panama – Peru) the Naos Island Laboratories, located next to Panama City, laboratory research
Thais haemostoma (accepted name. Stramonita biseriatus) – rock shell Baja California, Mexico- Chile, Galapagos) Salinas and vicinity, Ecuador; Punta Galera, Ecuador; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico.
Thais melones (accepted name. Vasula melones) – gourd rock shell (Pacific Mexico – Peru; Galápagos) Salinas and vicinity, Ecuador; Punta Galera, Ecuador; Straights between Islas Gorgona and Gorgonilla, Columbia; Bahia Solano, Columbia; ; Isle Montuosa, Panama; Area of Islas Negritos and Cedros, Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica.
Thais mutabilis (accepted name. Indothais lacera)-carinate rock shell (Durban Bay, Rep. South Africa – Red Sea – S E Asia; E Mediterranean?) Internet source.
Thais orbita (accepted name. Dicathais orbita) – cart-rut whelk (W – SE Australia; N New Zealand?) Internet source.
Thais speciosus (accepted name. Vasula speciosus) – rock shell (Baja California, Mexico – Peru; Galápagos) Area of Islas Negritos and Cedros, Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico.
Turbo fluctuosus- Mexican turbo shell (Baja California, Mexico-Peru, Galapagos) Salinas and vicinity, Ecuador.
Turbo saxosus-stony turbo (Panama- Peru) Salinas and vicinity, Ecuador; Punta Galera, Ecuador; Straights between Islas Gorgona and Gorgonilla, Columbia; Bahia Solano, Columbia; Isle Montuosa, Panama; Area of Islas Negritos and Cedros, Golfo de Nicoya, Costa Rica; Bahia Tenacatita Jalisco, Mexico.
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Location: Lawrence,KSSeptember 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm #6135StacyKeymaster
That is an extensive list! When I get some time I will have to match names to photos. I have some listed on the species site but not all of these. I currently have an E in a Whale’s eye…a first in 13 years!September 21, 2016 at 8:40 am #6137Gregory ChrislipParticipant
you know me, research everything to death before jumping into the pool/September 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm #6155
I’m doing research on a lot of different D shaped shells right now. My big E started hollowing out inside of every shell he wore, so read an article on how some crabs like them roomier (heard E’s have a big butt and need more room also lol) Anyhow, I’m in the process of measuring openings, and grinding out some D shaped shells with dremel to make them look like the ones the E did…..weighing shells before I start and after I finished and taking pics. Have 3 done and working on some more shells, but not going to put out any info till I see if one of the E’s will accept them.September 28, 2016 at 10:20 am #6159
My lonely only E used Murex shells when he was small, but now he will only wear turbos and gets very rowdy when it is shell change time as he is so picky. I will be watching for results of your posting as I intend to add a couple more E’s to the mix and am not looking forward to the shell pickiness.September 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm #6161
Anne you need to come down and visit, we can shell shop and I will send you home with my two E’s, love them, but want to down size and love pp’s and violas the best (:September 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm #6166
What a lovely offer, Judy. I believe we would get along quite well, but I think my days of road trips longer than a few hours are pretty much over. Mary Milhorn mailed me her strawberries when she downsized. By working with the Post Office she took them to the PO about 4pm and I had them by late the next morning. When they are all up and you are truly ready maybe we can figure something out.September 28, 2016 at 9:27 pm #6187
Starting in the spring I am considering getting a home for my 2 big E’s and I have one strawberry (big one) in with them (just recently lost my 2nd strawberry). So if my back straightens up and I drive up to see my son in the spring I may just surprise you. I often think what will happen to mine when I’m gone, that’s why I like being on the boards etc, gives my kids a place to go to help rehome them….unless they decide to keep them (: We will talk in the spring, love my E’s and straw, but they top the list at being big pigs and mess their tat up more than any of my other crabs….guess that means they are happy. Turned a whole bedroom into a crab room….it’s getting crowded, need a bigger room (:
October 22, 2016 at 10:55 am #6293
- This reply was modified 7 years ago by Judy Christopher.
For whatever reason I didn’t see your last post, Judy. Probably because I didn’t check the box to be notified of comments. Funny you turned a bedroom into a crab room. I have all of mine is a little “office” nook. It was sold as a parents retreat. It’s just off the living room so when I am in here I can hear what is going on in the house. Anyway I currently have 2 55’s and a 75 set up in here and with the two computer desks we are almost at max capacity. I don’t want to move them to a bedroom as I spend so much time on the computer and if my granddaughter comes back with her girls, as she has done before, I need the bedrooms. That is the reason I am going to set up the 2nd 75 as a vertical. I can get that in here by just moving out the filing cabinet. I don’t really HAVE to have it close to the computer, LOL. What I would really like to do is something like Marnel has done and somehow connect all of them together so they had a big area to cruise around in so I am hoping to find a 6′ tank to act as a base. If I can do that I would need to remove the shelves in here, but they are not something I HAVE to have either. At my age I should be downsizing, and I know that, but so far I don’t feel the need. I am still in good health, at least good enough to take care of the crabs.October 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm #6294
See I like your idea of the big tank and connecting. Working on getting 55 connected to the 100 gal., but once I got them moved I decide it would be smart to deep clean that 55 before connecting them. I’m not dying lol, but back, neck and shoulders gives me a lot of trouble so don’t want to run 5 tanks, going to try and get it down to 3 and connect a few tanks. Would rather have a lot of connected bigger areas than a bunch of smaller ones….however, that one E of mine will live the rest of his life alone! No more chances for that one! My other room is the guest/kids room, but hung Christmas lights up, turn them on, set in a comfy office chair and relax and crab watch quite a bit….good for old bodies lol
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