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Look Alikes :D


The Snake Charmer
Thought I'd introduce some of my critters to you guys. Not that they don't deserve their own threads but because I'm gonna be away again for a few days. Just to keep you guys freshened up with new species that you don't see posted every day (or ever in any forums for that matter. Unless we're members in another forum as well lol).

It's safe to say that they are good examples of convergent evolution :D

First up, my small ant-eating bestfriend Cydnocoris russatus that looks like the nymph stage of the similar looking Zelus longipes.
These are adults though and will fly if necessry.


How they love eating red ants. Wish they're as many as the ants in the world lol


Next up is my poopy little year-old fella, an Indo-chinese land snail Aegista chinensis. It looks quite similar to european glass snails, Oxychilus draparnaudi except that mine hails from tropical regions.


They produce a nasty amount of yellow slime if handled as well


And last but not the least, my recently IDed crab (due to a sleepless night plus an excellent discussion with a dear colleague of mine from tropical fish forums), Neosarmatium rotundifrons that somehow resembles a larger version of Pesisarma bidens or Cardisoma armatum




That's all for now..

Happy weekend guys! :)
Love the pattern on the crab's carapace in the first photo! Is it an estuary dweller?

Not too many critters prey on ants. Colors on the bug would seem to indicate a bad taste or bite. Wonder if its diet of ants contributes to that?
I tried feeding those a.bugs some newly hatched mealworms and fruitflies to no avail. They seem to prefer red ants over black ants. Thank goodness i have an endless supply of ants lol..

The crab was specifically bred to be in freshwater but since it is a land crab, it rarely visits the water bowl unless it is summer or noontime. Not sure sure if they are a brackish water species but a little research does say they are found upstream in asia.
The carapace has a velvety texture thanks to the body hairs it possesses. At first i thought those were algae overgrowths