Hermit Crab

Despite the common name, hermit crabs are related more closely to lobsters than to crabs. They lack a hard carapace, and adopt the empty shells of gastropod molluscs (such as whelks), carrying them around and swapping them for a larger shell as they grow. When seen out of a shell, hermit crabs have a bizarre appearance; the soft abdomen is twisted, which allows it to fit into the coils of the gastropod shell.

Hermit crab with anemone (DSE_6005)


Hemrit Crab (3436)


Two Hermit Crabs during a night dive (5402)


Hermit Crab (3431)


Reference: www.arkive.org

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