Red Reef Hermit (Paguristes cadenati)

Also known as Left-handed Hermit Crab, Redleg Hermit Crab, Red-legged Hermit, Red Reef Hermit Crab, Scarlet Hermit Crab, Scarlet Leg Hermit, Scarlet Leg Hermit Crab, Scarlet Reef Hermit, Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab

Description

Also known as Left-handed Hermit Crab, Redleg Hermit Crab, Red-legged Hermit, Red Reef Hermit Crab, Scarlet Hermit Crab, Scarlet Leg Hermit, Scarlet Leg Hermit Crab, Scarlet Reef Hermit, Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab.

Found both day and night on sandy areas of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on filamentous algae and detritus.
Length - 3cm
Depth - 1-100m
Widespread Western 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: http://www.saltcorner.com/AquariumLibrary/browsespecies.php?CritterID=2698&filter=0

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