Dennerle sponsors name for Vampire crab
The crab formerly known as Geosesarma sp. "Vampire" is now called Geosesarma dennerle.
The Geosesarma sp. "Vampire", imported to Germany from Indonesia for the first time in 2006, has only just been scientifically described and Dennerle financially supported the authors' research.
In its natural habitat, this little nocturnal land crab lives in damp areas at the edges of bodies of water. They do not burrow much and are very rarely in water. This crab does not need deep water in an aqua-terrarium, but rather somewhere to climb. The "Dennerle Vampire crab" is found increasingly frequently in aqua-terraria, particularly due to its interesting behaviour and the fact it is very simple to care for and breed.
The first description was published on 16.01.2015 in "The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Volume 63" under the title "New species of "vampire crabs" (Geosesarma De Man, 1892) from central Java, Indonesia, and the identity of Sesarma (Geosesarma) nodulifera De Man, 1892 (Crustacea, Brachyura, Thoracotremata, Sesarmidae)".
The classic Vampire crabs with orange eyes and the variant with yellow eyes have been given a joint species status along with a green-eyed crab, previously known as Geosesarma sp. "blue", and now have a new scientific species name, Geosesarma dennerle.
In their first description, NG et al. make it clear that the species are threatened in their natural habitat and that the pet market should increasingly rely on breeding. Dennerle is keen to support this request with its involvement.