Hermit Crab Photos, Pagurus granosimanus

Photos of Pagurus granosimanus, Hermit crab; and Pagurus sp., Hermit crab

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Hermit crab. Hermit crabs wear shells to protect their soft abdomens, which are asymmetrical and curved to fit the spiral shape of their shell. Like all crabs, hermit crabs are decapods; they have five pairs of legs, including a pair of claws. One claw is much larger than the other, the hermit crab uses it for defense and food shredding while it uses the smaller claw for eating. The second and third pairs of legs help the crab walk, and the last two pairs hold the hermit crab in its shell, Pagurus Hermit crab in olive shell, Pagurus granosimanus, Olivella biplicata, Monterey, California

Updated: September 25, 2021

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Common name permalink: Hermit crab