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worried looks like maybe black worm like growth on back

Discussion in 'Emergency Care - 911.' started by Guest, Jan 12, 2006.

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    same as subject line
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    moire_eel "Second Molt, A Success"

    Dec 14, 2004
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    Hm -- can you give more information about what you're seeing? A few very normal possibilities come to mind based on that description:

    Shell legs: Hermit crabs have four tiny legs inside their shell.

    Pleopods: Check out the diagram here: http://www4.tpg.com.au/users/vanessap/hermit/biology/anatomy.html
    These are found only on the females, and are pretty creepy looking. I saw one of my crabs using a pleopod to remove sand from its abdomen once, and the first thing I thought was "Yikes, WORM!" The female would use these to hold her eggs, I believe.

    Maybe with a little more info we can help you determine whether it was a worm or one of the above. I think it was very likely a pleopod.
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