Hairy Red Hermit Crab (Dardanus lagopodes)

Also known as Blade-eyed Hermit Crab, Red Hairy Hermit Crab, Very Hairy Hermit Crab, Yellow-eyed Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Blade-eyed Hermit Crab, Red Hairy Hermit Crab, Very Hairy Hermit Crab, Yellow-eyed Hermit Crab.

Found both day and night over rock and rubble areas of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on clams.
They commonly inhabit broad-mouthed cone shells.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 0-120m
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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanus_lagopodes

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