Red Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos)

Also known as Shell-breaking Reef Hermit Crab, Spotted Hermit Crab, Whitespot Hermit, White-spotted Hermit, White-spotted Hermit Crab, White Point Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Shell-breaking Reef Hermit Crab, Spotted Hermit Crab, Whitespot Hermit, White-spotted Hermit, White-spotted Hermit Crab, White Point Hermit Crab.

Found both day and night over rubble, sand and seagrass beds of coral reefs.
They feed on molluscs and sea cucumbers.
Length - 30cm
Depth - 0-25m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

This is the largest Hermit Crab.
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_megistos

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