Pom Pom Crab



Pom Pom Crab, Lybia tesselata

  • Common Name: Pom Pom Crab
  • Latin Name: Lybia tesselata
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific region
  • Max Size: between 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimetres)
  • Temperature Range: 72-78°F (22-26°C).
  • pH Range: 8.1-8.4.
  • KH Range: 7-12
  • Care Level: Moderate.
  • Lighting Preference: Dimly lit to moderate aquariums.
  • Preferred Food: Omnivorous diet including meaty foods and detritus.
  • Behaviour: Peaceful but opportunistic feeder, may pose a risk to small, slow-moving tank inhabitants if hungry.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: Yes, but can be risky with small invertebrates.
  • Interesting Facts: Pom Pom crabs get their  name from the anemones they carry around with them

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The Pom Pom Crab, scientifically known as Lybia tesselata, is a fascinating species of small crab found in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in shallow waters. It is also commonly referred to as the Boxer Crab or the Mosaic Boxer Crab due to its unique behaviour and appearance. They make fascinating additions to salt water tanks.

The Pom Pom Crab is small in size, typically reaching about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimetres) in width. It has a distinctive appearance characterized by its claws. Each claw of the Pom Pom Crab carries a small anemone giving the appearance of pom poms, hence its name.

Why People Like to Have Pom Pom Crabs.

Overall, the Pom Pom Crab’s combination of distinctive appearance, intriguing behaviour, and ease of care makes it an appealing choice for many marine aquarium enthusiasts. However, it’s important for potential owners to research the specific care requirements of these crabs to ensure they can provide a suitable environment for their needs.


Pom Pom Crabs are catagorised within the broader group of animals known as Crustacea, which includes various crustaceans like crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and crayfish. Within the class Malacostraca, it falls under the order Decapoda, which comprises animals with ten legs, including crabs, lobsters, and shrimp. The Pom Pom Crab specifically belongs to the family Xanthidae, commonly known as mud crabs or pebble crabs. Finally, it is classified under the genus Lybia and the species tesselata, denoting its unique species within the genus Lybia.

Natural Habitat

The Pom Pom Crab (Lybia tesselata) is typically found in the Indo-Pacific region, inhabiting shallow coastal waters, especially near coral reefs. Its natural habitat includes areas with sandy or gravelly substrates, as well as rocky or coral-rich environments.

These crabs prefer areas with ample hiding spots, such as crevices, small caves, or coral rubble, where they can retreat when threatened or during periods of rest. They are often encountered in relatively calm and sheltered regions of the reef, though they may also be found in intertidal zones.

Pom Pom Crabs are adapted to a marine environment, and they thrive in water temperatures ranging from around 22°C to 28°C (72°F to 82°F), with stable water parameters. They are typically encountered at depths ranging from shallow intertidal areas to around 30 meters (100 feet), although they may occasionally be found deeper.

Their habitat preferences are influenced by their diet and behaviour, as they scavenge for food among the substrate and rely on symbiotic relationships with small stinging anemones for both defence and feeding. Therefore, their natural habitat provides them with access to suitable prey items and potential partners for their symbiotic associations.

Keeping Pom Pom Crabs Healthy

Maintaining the health and vitality of Pom Pom Crabs in an aquarium setting requires diligent care and attention to their specific needs. With a moderate care level, these crustaceans thrive in well-maintained aquariums, where water quality is paramount. Feeding them a varied diet consisting of small meaty foods ensures nutritional balance, while supplementing their diet with calcium aids in the development and maintenance of their exoskeleton, crucial for their overall health and well-being.

These crabs maybe scavengers but will need to be fed and not left to depend on detritus. They will eat meaty foods that can be target feed to them.

Suitable Tank Mates

While Pom Pom Crabs are generally peaceful inhabitants of aquariums, their opportunistic feeding behaviour necessitates careful consideration when selecting tank mates. They may pose a risk to small, slow-moving tank inhabitants if they are hungry enough. Feel free to give us a call with any compatibility concerns you may have. Predatory fish such as puffers, groupers and large wrasse can pose a risk to these critters.

How Many Should I Keep

It can be possible to keep more than one crab in your aquarium but this will depend on afew variables such as tank size, and territories within the tank. we recommend giving us a call if considering keeping more than one.

Lighting Preference

Pom Pom Crabs exhibit a preference for low to moderate lighting conditions in the aquarium, reminiscent of their natural habitat. Mimicking the subdued lighting found in intertidal zones and coral reefs allows these creatures to thrive, creating an aesthetically pleasing environment that promotes their health and vitality.


The Pom Pom Crab, scientifically known as Lybia tesselata, is a captivating species found in the Indo-Pacific’s shallow waters, often called Boxer Crab due to its distinctive behaviour and appearance. Admired by marine enthusiasts, these crabs sport pom pom-like anemones on their claws, adding to their allure. Their small size, typically reaching 1 to 2 inches in width, coupled with their intriguing behaviour, makes them popular in saltwater tanks. Pom Pom Crabs are classified within Crustacea, specifically the family Xanthidae, and are well-suited to aquarium life, given proper care and attention to their natural habitat requirements. These crabs prefer low to moderate lighting and thrive in stable water conditions. When selecting tank mates, caution is advised as their opportunistic feeding behaviour may pose risks to smaller, slower-moving inhabitants. Overall, keeping these crabs offers enthusiasts a glimpse into the fascinating world of marine life while contributing to the vibrant diversity of aquarium ecosystems.


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Dry Goods Delivery.

The store has provided information regarding their order dispatch and estimated delivery times. Here are the key details:

  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
  2. Delivery Date and Time Guarantee: While the store aims to dispatch orders promptly, they cannot guarantee a specific delivery date and time. As the delivery process relies on couriers, there may be factors beyond their control that could affect the delivery timeframe.
  3. 1st Class Mail: For orders sent via 1st Class mail, the aim is to have them delivered on the next working day after dispatch.
  4. 2nd Class Mail: Orders sent via 2nd Class mail typically take approximately 2-3 working days for delivery after dispatch.
  5. APC Next Day Delivery: APC Next Day delivery is available for UK mainland postcodes. It is usually delivered on the next working day after dispatch. However, please note that items being delivered to more remote areas may require additional time for delivery.

It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
  2. Postcodes: Livestock delivery is not available to the following postcodes:
  • AB30 to AB39, AB41 to AB45, AB51 to AB56
  • DD8 to DD10
  • BT all
  • DG3 to DG9, DG12 to DG14
  • KA18 to KA19, KA26, KA29 to KA30
  • HS all
  • IM all
  • JE all
  • ZE all
  • KW15 to KW17
  • TD9
  • FK17 to FK21
  • GY all
  • KA26, to KA28
  • PA20 to PA38, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA61, PA76 to PA78
  • TR21, to TR25
  • PH3 to PH26, PH30 to PH44
  • IV all

Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the right to cancel an order within 14 working days of receiving the goods. To initiate the cancellation, the goods must be returned to the store in new and unused condition, adhering to their Returns Policy.

Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.