Zosimus aeneusis commonly referred to as Devil Crab, Toxic Reef Crab, Devil Reef Crab. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. A aquarium size of at least 50 Liter is recommended. Toxicity: Highly toxic.
Zosimus aeneus is (very) poisonous and the poison can kill you under circumstances!!!
If you want to keep Zosimus aeneus, inform yourself about the poison and its effects before buying. Keep a note with the telephone number of the poison emergency call and all necessary information about the animal next to your aquarium so that you can be helped quickly in an emergency.
The telephone numbers of the poison emergency call can be found here:
Overview Worldwide: eapcct.org
This message appears for poisonous, very poisonous and also animals whose poison can kill you immediately. Every human reacts differently to poisons. Please therefore weigh the risk for yourself AND your environment very carefully, and never act lightly!
Zosimus aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Zosimus aeneus, also known as the devil crab, toxic reef crab, and devil reef crab is a species of crab that lives on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to Hawaii. It grows to a size of 60 mm × 90 mm (2.4 in × 3.5 in) and has distinctive patterns of brownish blotches on a paler background.
It is potentially lethal due to the presence of the neurotoxins tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin in its flesh and shell! Both the shell and the meat of Zosimus aeneus contain significant concentrations of neurotoxins including tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin. Z. aeneus is considered the most poisonous crab in the Philippines, with 50% of intoxication cases being fatal.
Cancer aeneus Linnaeus, 1758 (basionym)
Cancer amphitrite Herbst, 1801
Cancer floridus Herbst, 1783
Zozimus aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758) (misspelling)
Zozymus aeneus (Linnaeus, 1758)