Orangeclaw Hermit (Calcinus tibicen)

Also known as Anomura Crab, Left-handed Hermit Crab, Orangeclaw Hermit Crab, Orange-clawed Hermit Crab, Redleg Hermit

Description

Also known as Anomura Crab, Left-handed Hermit Crab, Orangeclaw Hermit Crab, Orange-clawed Hermit Crab, Redleg Hermit.

Found on coral and rocky reefs active during the day often in intertidal rock pools and can be found at deeper depths.
They feed on algae and detritus.
Length - 3cm
Depth - 0-33m
Widespread Southwest Atlantic, Caribbean

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: x

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