Red Flat Clawed Hermit Crab


Ar-1421 RED FLAT CLAWED HERMIT CRAB, Pagurus impressus

It’s claws are specially modified to inhabit fighting conch shells. They are an attractive, peaceful hermit found in deep water throughout the winter months.

BIOLOGY

They can range from a solid rust to a chocolate brown with alternating bands of light color with bright blue eye stalks. Their right cheliped is much larger than the left (Williams 1984).

HABITAT

Ranges from Diamonds Shoals, N.C to Pensacola, FL. Found on sandy bottoms, grassy flats or pilings and sometimes in sponges (Williams 1984).

ANATOMY

Williams 1984


ADDITIONAL READING

Shared use of a single hermit crab sponge by two individual Pagurus impressus

Sponge/Shell Switching by Hermit Crabs, Pagurus impressus


REFERENCES

Williams, Austin B. Shrimps, Lobsters, and Crabs of the Atlantic Coast of the Eastern United States, Maine to Florida. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984, pp 215.