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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Pinchy growls... umm, grows

Pinchy molted again. Molting is a lobster's most vulnerable moment (a bad molt almost always kills them). She's exhausted right now; has absolutely no defences (her shell hasn't hardened yet); and is resting in her cave. I borrowed her old molt for a comparison with her first molt [LEFT] when I first brought her home. The scale is in centimeters (2.54 cm = 1 inch).

This is a molt of my largest Asian Fan Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis), Shrimpy. He died of a bad molt a couple months after this. Unlike ferocious Pinchy, Shrimpy has no pincers. Instead, He spends his day swishing through the water with his two pairs of fan-tipped claws to filter out algae and plankton for food. Also, unlike lobsters, shrimps do not consume their molts.

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