Saturday morning I found Pearl naked and dead. She was unharmed by the other crabs, was not premolt. Her death is quite a shock because I’ve had her since October of 2003. She was a very friendly, active, medium sized Caribbean. There was a small white bug on her body but I believe these to be the beneficial bugs described by some other crabbers, and not mites. I’m going to bathe everyone tomorrow if I get a chance to see if any other crabs have bugs on them. There was no explanation for Pearl’s death.
Little Phil didn’t molt while under but has resurfaced. He will have to remain in ISO alone until he molts and regrows his big pincher. He is just too small to be in the main tank missing his protective pincher.