Dardanus tinctor

Scientific name Dardanus tinctor
Descriptor Forskal
Year of description 1775
IUCN category NE
Family Diogenidae
Genus Dardanus
Dardanus tinctor Dardanus tinctor

Introduction

Dardanus tinctor is a salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Shape
    Unclassifiable
  • Average size
    9 cm
  • Maximum size
    10 cm
  • Shape
    Unclassifiable

How to recognize Dardanus tinctor ?

Dardanus tinctor measures between 9 and 10 cm.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Venomous
    No
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

Like all crustaceans, Dardanus tinctor molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

Dardanus tinctor is a crustacea solitary. This species is omnivorous with alguivorous tendency . this crustacea lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although Dardanus tinctor is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Dardanus tinctor has a tendency to dig the ground and bury itself in caves to take refuge.

Reproduction

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 0 m

Biotope presentation

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Fishkeeping

Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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