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JediMasterThrash wrote:We know you can't tell the exact age without counting the rings from the base of their antennules.
rambochu wrote:for example, my Es don't seem to grow as fast. quite a few have molted with me and don't seem noticeably larger.
JediMasterThrash wrote:We know you can't tell the exact age without counting the rings from the base of their antennules.
In general, large crabs are older than small crabs. The only way you can accurately estimate your crab's age is if it dies. Then the otoliths, small concretions of mineral deposits, which sit atop the crab's balance organ (located at the base of each antennule), need to be removed. The otoliths can be sectioned and the number of growth rings counted.
JediMasterThrash wrote:The only reference I know is in Sue Fox's hermit crab book:In general, large crabs are older than small crabs. The only way you can accurately estimate your crab's age is if it dies. Then the otoliths, small concretions of mineral deposits, which sit atop the crab's balance organ (located at the base of each antennule), need to be removed. The otoliths can be sectioned and the number of growth rings counted.
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