Crabs on the Reef

People often ask “what else” I have in the reef, aside from seahorses: Three emerald crabs–who have no names, because it’s difficult to tell them apart, and also because they haven’t been with me long enough to receive or deserve them. If and when they become distinguishable, either in appearance or by behavior, we’ll give them names. Three porcelain crabs–Ripley, Small, and Alien Queen–who, though not “true crabs,” are easy to spot and smart enough to eat from the feeding tube I use with the seahorses. I also have about two dozen tiny red-legged hermits, which inhabit shells that range

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