Shell Guide: Coenobita violascens

Preferred Shell Guide to Coenobita violascens (viola) in Captivity

Pleuroploca trapezium (horse conch, striped fox)

Good for small-jumbo crabs

   

 

Pugilina cochlidium, P. tuba

Good for small-large crabs

   

 

Cantharus melanostomus

Good for small-large crabs

 

Phyllonotus pomum (apple murex)

Good for tiny-large crabs

 

Fasciolaria filamentosa (fusi)

Good for tiny-medium crabs

   

 

Bursa Rubeta, B. rana, B. bobo (frog)

Good for medium-jumbo crabs

       

 

Chicoreus virgineus (virgin murex)

Good for small-large crabs, but larger shells can be a bit heavy.

 

Hexaplex (Muricanthus) erythrostomus (pink murex)

Good for medium-jumbo crabs

   

 

Fasciolaria tulipa (tulip)

Good for small-large crabs

       

 

Babylonia areolata, B. spirata

Good for tiny-medium crabs

       

Violas are not too picky, and will also move into turbos (see C. clypeatus shell guide) as well as many other shells, though they prefer elongate shells.