|Latin name||Petrolisthes spp.|
|Local name||Porcelain crab|
|Family||Majoidea - Petrolisthes|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, The Mexican Golf, West Atlantic, Indonesia, Mediterranean Sea, East Pacific, New Zealand, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||5 cm (2")|
|Minimum volume||50 l (13 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable for most aquarium|
|Reef safe||Always reef safe|
Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)
This species is very secretive and will not often be seen out in the open.
This species is nocturnal and therefore the most active when the light is dimmed or turned off.
If stressed this crab will drop one or both claws.
Most crabs are not wanted in coral aquaria, although there are a few which are either fun or useful.
James W. Fatherree. 2010. Aquarium Invertebrates: Crabs in the Marine Aquarium - Advanced Aquarist - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. Crabs For Marine Aquariums? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - Wet Web Media - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.