Halloween Hermit Crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus)

Also known as Anomura Crab, Aquatic Hermit Crab, Cone Hermit Crab, Cone Shell Hermit, Cone Shell Hermit Crab, Halloween Crab, Left-handed Hermit Crab, Orange-legged Hermit Crab, Pyjama Hermit Crab, Pyjama-striped Hermit Crab, Red-banded Hermit Crab, Red-striped Hermit Crab, Striped Cone Shell Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Anomura Crab, Aquatic Hermit Crab, Cone Hermit Crab, Cone Shell Hermit, Cone Shell Hermit Crab, Halloween Crab, Left-handed Hermit Crab, Orange-legged Hermit Crab, Pyjama Hermit Crab, Pyjama-striped Hermit Crab, Red-banded Hermit Crab, Red-striped Hermit Crab, Striped Cone Shell Hermit Crab.

Found both day and night over coral rubble and rock platforms of coral reefs. Unlike other hermit crabs this crab prefers narrow aperture shells such as the cone shells.
They feed on filamentous algae and detritus.
Length - 6cm
Depth - 0-90m
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/Halloween_hermit_crab

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