Possible crab mites?

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Possible crab mites?

Post by stormypanda » Thu May 24, 2018 1:25 pm

I recently noticed some tiny white bugs crawling around very quickly on one of my crabs, a PP I have had for over a year now. I managed to capture some of the mites on video (apologies for the low video quality). The link is below and you can see a tiny white bug crawling on the front leg (one of the right) at 7 seconds and one crawling on the back (left) leg at 45 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OJZGPT52Ks

I haven't introduced anything new to the tank for over a year so if it is crab mites, I'm not sure how they got in here. It is possible my one of my crabs brought them in and I just never noticed. I'm really hoping the mites are not parasitic but if they are, I'm willing to get an ISO tank set up and bathe the crabbies. I have had no experience with mites and would appreciate any help with identification. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Possible crab mites?

Post by JoeHermits » Thu May 24, 2018 1:37 pm

Hermit crab mites glue themselves to a crab’s eyes, mouthparts, or joints and can only be introduced via an infected hermit crab. They are not capable of running like that.

It is likely a food mite. They are harmless, live in our homes, and are attracted to fresh food.

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Re: Possible crab mites?

Post by wodesorel » Thu May 24, 2018 3:39 pm

I would go with either predatory mites or springtails, both harmless and beneficial. Food mites chug along, they don't run!

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Re: Possible crab mites?

Post by GotButterflies » Fri May 25, 2018 4:52 pm

Oh my word...I think for the last month I have been thinking of H. Miles mites when thinking about what harmful mites look like, when those are what kill the harmful mites. :shock: That is a big oops on my part. I'm sorry to anyone that I have misinformed!!! I have ordered the H. Miles mites for my tank and since then I can say I have never had spring tails or food mites. I need to go try to locate some posts... :shock:
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