By Bob Goemans
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Shame-faced Crab

 Hepatus epheliticus (Shame-faced Crab)

Hepatus epheliticus
(Linnaeus, 1763)

Shame-faced Crab

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


Those in the Family Aethridae are called 'Shame-faced' crabs because they hold their large claws in front of their face. During the day they are hidden in sand and after nightfall, they come out to search for snails, their favorite meal. They rarely appear in the trade.

Family Aethridae

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