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Two Vampire Crab Species Found, Are Already Popular Pets

Picture of the Geosesarma dennerle vampire crab with purple claws. Two Vampire Crab Species Found, Are Already Popular Pets Spooky-eyed crustaceans sold as aquarium pets are two previously unknown species from Indonesia, a new study says.

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photo credit: Chris Lukhaup from P. K. L. Ng et al., 2015 One of two new species of tiny Vampire crabs, Geosesarma dennerle, about 14 mm (0.5 inch), Central Java

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One of a series of crab species. Here I've applied the first layer of paint, and the first drawing layer. There is some texture applied to this fellow too.

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Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish - Astacopsis gouldi - This crayfish is the world's largest freshwater invertebrate. In the past, individuals of over 11 lbs and over 31" have been known, but individuals over 4.4 lbs are rare. Due to habitat loss & over fishing, it has unfortunately become an endangered species

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Callinectes sapidus Blue Crab [Female]     The Blue Crab is a commonly seen resident of shallow coastal waters in northeast Florida. Although the species lives below the intertidal zone, dead specimens are periodically found washed in onto the beach where they are usually devoured by the always hungry gulls.

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