Vampire crab "Mandarin" - Geosesarma notophorum
Vampire crab "Mandarin" - Geosesarma notophorum
   
  • described as a new species in 2015
  • terrestrial crab
  • ideal for planted terrariums
  • Group animal

Vampire crab "Mandarin" - Geosesarma notophorum

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Vampire crab "Mandarin" - Geosesarma notophorum
It was not until 2015 that the mandarin cabbage, formerly known as Geosesarma notophorum, was scientifically assigned to the new species Geosesarma pontianak. On the one hand, the name refers to a vampire spirit from Indonesian mythology and alludes to the yellow eyes of the small crabs, on the other hand, the type specimens were found near the city of Pontianak. Attractively planted wet terrariums are green jewels for any room, and the small crabs with their interesting breeding behavior are an ideal addition. Breeding is not difficult, as with the other Geosesarma species. - Garnelio
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The mandarin crab from Kalimantan/Indonesia belongs to the species Geosesarma pontianak. It was described only in 2015, previously these pretty little crabs were listed as Geosesarma notophorum. This small, intensely colored land crab is predominantly orange to orange-red, with slightly lighter colored claws. Their striking yellow eyes contrast nicely with these colors. The dorsal carapace of Geosesarma pontianak grows only about 1.5-2 cm wide.  The males have a triangular, relatively narrow abdominal flap, while that of the females is much wider and rather round.

The mandarin crab, like the other species from the genus Geosesarma, belongs to the specialized reproductive type, from the large and relatively few eggs crawl out fully developed young crabs. Geosesarma pontianak has a special feature: the females carry the hatched young around on their backs for several more days before the little ones finally leave their mother and stand on their own legs. This makes the mandarin crab very special. In large well structured and diversified terrariums the young animals find many hiding places and have good chances of survival, even though certainly not all small Mandarin crabs grow up. Better suited for breeding is a separate terrarium.

The Mandarin Crab is a group animal that needs contact with conspecifics. Please pay attention to excess females in the group. Socialization of Geosearma pontianak with other invertebrates is not recommended.

A small group of 5-6 mandarin crabs can be kept well in a permanently humid terrarium from 60 cm length. As a land crab, Geosesarma pontianak is adapted to life on land. Also in the aquaterrarium the water part should be only 6-10 cm deep, actually a big bowl is enough. Permanently moist coco humus is suitable as substrate for the land part. The terrarium can be planted well, but there should be space left for the mandarin crabs to dig their living burrows. Plants are not eaten. With a temperature of 20 and 26 °C Geosesarma pontianak feel comfortable. The small, light mandarin crabs are excellent climbers and therefore need a terrarium with no gaps.

Like all Geosesarma species, the mandarin crab feeds mainly on animal protein. Food specially adapted to their needs is taken just as readily as frozen food, freeze-dried insects and now and then some raw fish. Even though Geosesarma pontianak is predominantly carnivorous, some fruit should be offered from time to time, and also brown autumn leaves. Even if the crabs eat it only sporadically, it offers hiding places and also food for springtails and white is opods - cleanup crew and health police in the terrarium and remnant recycler as well as live food source.

Our food recommendation: Crabs in the wild tend to have a very varied diet. Most species are omnivores, and with the Natureholic Crab Feed Sticks we have taken this preference into account. They contain biologically balanced animal and vegetable components, which are also part of the natural food spectrum of omnivorous crabs in the field in such or such a similar way. The valuable ingredients of NatureHolic Crab Feed naturally support the molting, digestion, growth and reproduction of your crabs.

Our plant recommendation: For planting, use marsh plants, which are plants that are rooted in soil that is very wet or even submerged, but whose flowers and leaves are usually all or partially in the airspace and can be seen above the water surface. Thus, marsh plants are usually found on and in lakes and streams, but also on and in garden ponds or other bodies of water that provide them with a wet substrate, but still leave room for flowers and leaves to show to the outside.

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

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Scientific name Geosesarma pontianak (Ng, 2015)
German Name: Mandarin crab, mandarin crab
Difficulty level: for beginners
Origin/Distribution: Kailmantan/Indonesia
Coloration: Carapace, legs and claws bright orange to orange-red, eyes sulfur yellow
Age expectancy 2-3 years
Parameters: shallow bowl with fresh water, air temperature 20 to 26 °C
Tank size: from 60 cm for a group of 5-6 animals, from 40 cm for 3 animals. Pay attention to excess of females!
Food brown autumn leaves, frozen food, freeze-dried insects and crustaceans, fish meat, special food for carnivorous crabs, vegetables, green food, fruit
Reproduction not difficult, fully developed young hatch. However, adults are cannibalistic
Behavior peaceful, group animal
Socialization Keep in species tank
Further information Colorful jewels in the terrarium - land crabs of the genus Geosesarma, micro crabs, Limnopilos nayanetri - The smallest crab in the world!, Keeping mangrove crabs
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Question: "Hallo, Wann in etwa könnten die Tiere wieder lieferbar sein? Danke"

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Hallo Dennis, vielen Dank fuer deine Frage! Neue Vampirkrabben erhalten wir etwa einmal im Monat. 

Question: "Sind die Tiere importiert ? "

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Sie stammen aus kontrollierten Importen.

Question: "Wenn ich Vampirkrabben bestellen will heisst es dass der Versand nicht an eine Packstation erfolgt. Ich habe meine normale Adresse angegeben und es geht trotzdem nicht."

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Bitte wende dich diesbezüglich an den Kundeservice unter info@garnelio.de

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