Pagurus Hermit Crab (Pagurus anachoretus)

Also known as Anomura Crabs, Rocky-shore Hermit Crab, Striped Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Anomura Crabs, Rocky-shore Hermit Crab, Striped Hermit Crab.

Found both day and night over, rubble sand and in seagrass beds of lagoons, coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on fish, invertebrates and each other!
Length - 3cm
Depth - 1-40m
Widespread Mediterranean

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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