Chinese panther crabs - Heterochelamon tessellatum
  • very pretty spotted crab
  • from South China
  • can reproduce in fresh water
  • aquatic, no land part
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Chinese panther crabs - Heterochelamon tessellatum
Quite new in the hobby is the with 5 cm carapace diameter relatively large growing freshwater crab Heterochelamon tesselatum. Its pretty dot pattern reminds of the panther crab Parathelphusa pantherina, and the keeping of the animals is also quite similar. Also the Chinese Panther Crab needs only a perch above water, no land part. Nevertheless, it is quite easy to distinguish it from Parathelphusa pantherina - Heterochelamon tesselatum has a striking orangish fringe framing its whole face. As a true freshwater crab, the Chinese panther crab belongs to the specialized reproductive type, carrying large eggs that hatch into fully developed young crabs that grow up in freshwater. For breeding we recommend a species tank. - Garnelio

The Chinese Panther Crab Heterochelamon tessellatum is a recently described species from southern China. This rarely imported crab lives almost exclusively in the water, yet it also needs some perching opportunities protruding from the water, such as root wood or stone structures, so it can perch when it wants to. It is important to have more perching opportunities than crabs in the tank. The Chinese panther crab has a beige to gray base color and many dark speckles. Very typical is an orange thin rim around their face. With about 5 cm carapace diameter Hetrochelamon tessellatum grows quite large. Males, as with all crabs, have a V-shaped ventral shield, while that of females is shaped like a U.

Female Chinese panther crabs lay eggs after mating, which they carry under their abdominal flap until the young hatch after several weeks. As true freshwater crabs, they carry large eggs that hatch into fully developed baby crabs that grow large in freshwater after a gestation period of several weeks. The small crabs have a very strong cannibalistic disposition. Many hiding places such as a layer of brown autumn leaves, ceramic or sintered glass rolls (e.g. Sera Siporax), caves made of clay, half coconuts etc. increase the chances of survival for the small Chinese panther crabs enormously.

For the Chinese Panther Crab, calculate with 50 l aquarium volume per animal. If you want to keep them in a group, you have to pay attention to a good structure of wood and stones, so that the animals can easily avoid each other e.g. after a moult. Please make sure that the aquarium is absolutely escape-proof, crabs also climb up silicone seams and can pry open amazingly heavy lids. Plants usually leave the Chinese Panther Crab undamaged.

The Chinese Panther Crab eats mainly food of animal origin: snails (live, well reproducing snails like the Paradise Sn ail are very suitable for keeping in a crab aquarium, they are a very good permanent source of live food), raw unseasoned fish, but also special food for carnivorous crabs and food for crayfish. Heterochelamon tesselatum also likes to eat frozen food or protein food.

Small, slow swimming or bottom dwelling fish are sometimes preyed upon, but the Chinese Panther Crab can be socialized well with medium sized, fast, peaceful fish, for example. However, if you want to breed them, we recommend a species tank. Heterochelamon tesselatum can also be kept with dwarf shrimps, if their demands on the water values are about the same. It is nevertheless possible that one or the other shrimp will be eaten. From its home country the Chinese Panther Shrimp is used to high water temperatures of 26 to 30 °C.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name Heterochelamon tessellatum Naruse, Zhu & Zhou, 2013
German name: Chinese panther crab
Difficulty level: suitable for beginners
Origin/distribution: Southern China
Coloration: Base color whitish-yellowish to dark gray, with dark brown to black spots and a distinctive orange rim around the face
Age expectancy up to 6 years
Water parameters: GH to 15, KH 3 to 10, pH 7 to 8.5, temperature 26 to 30 °C
Tank size: from 50 l, for a small group of two females and one male from 150 l
Food Snails, frozen food, crab food for carnivorous crabs, protein food, rarely foliage
Reproduction after several weeks of gestation, finished juvenile crabs hatch that are viable in freshwater
Behavior relatively peaceful
Socialization with dwarf shrimp and fish. Not with crayfish. Snails are eaten
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Question: "Hallo ich wollte fragen ob man die Krabbe allein in einem 54 Liter (60x30x30 Aquarium halten kann. In dem Aquarium sind noch Guppys und Ohrgitter Harnischwelse"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Mit deinen Bodenbewohnern könnte es zu Konflikten kommen.

Question: "Hallo, Wie wäre die Haltung einer größeren Gruppe zu bewerkstelligen? Habe 130x60x50cm zur Verfügung, und da wären 3krabben doch recht wenig... Grüße Sebastian "

from Kevin (Garnelio)
from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Sebastian, wenn dein Aquarium gut strukturiert ist, zum Beispiel mit Wurzeln, Pflanzen und sehr vielen Höhlen, kannst du die Panther-Gruppe natürlich auch größer ausfallen lassen.

Liebe Grüße, Kevin

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