Dark Glove Hermit Crab (Calcinus haigae)

Also known as Anomura Crab, Dark Glove Hermit, Haig's Hermit Crab, Majestic Purple Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Anomura Crab, Dark Glove Hermit, Haig's Hermit Crab, Majestic Purple Hermit Crab.

Found on coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on fish, invertebrates and each other!
Length - 0.8cm
Depth - 1-40m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Anomura crabs are considered false crabs, they have a longer abdomen and the back legs are modified or reduced so hardly noticeable.
These crabs include the hermit crabs and squat lobsters.
Many thousands of species live worldwide in sea water, fresh water and on land.
Hermit crabs change their shells regularly but only when they find a larger and newer shell to feel safe in! Ref: https://www.sealifebase.ca/summary/Calcinus-haigae.html

2 comments

  1. Posted by Kristi Wood
    October 21, 2014 at 05:09 am - 1 person found this useful.

    I am desperately trying to find a couple pairs of these beautiful crabs but to no avail. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank You Kindly, Kristi

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