BIOTIC Species Information for Anapagurus laevis
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Taxonomy
Scientific nameAnapagurus laevis Common nameA hermit crab
MCS CodeS1449 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassEucarida OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyPaguridae
GenusAnapagurus Specieslaevis
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodOmnivore
Detritivore
Scavenger
Surface deposit feeder
Mobility/MovementCrawler
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Epibenthic
Typical food typesOrganic detritus, carrion HabitFree living
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightNot researched Growth RateNot Researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyCommensal with/on/in
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Crothers & Crothers, 1988, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hazlett, 1981, Fish & Fish, 1996, Crothers & Hayeard, 2004, Ingle, 1993,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on all British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from Holland and north Scotland to north-west France, in the eastern mediterranean off the coasts of Greece and Turkey and in the north-east Atlantic off the coasts of the Azores.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth rangeFrom 20 m to 200 m, seldom down to 400 m.
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesGravel / shingle
Muddy gravel
Muddy sand
Gravelley sand
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Strait / sound
Estuary
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneSublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Circalittoral Offshore
Wave exposureExposed
Moderately Exposed
Sheltered
Very Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References NBN, 2002, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hazlett, 1981,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonNot researched Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturity1-2 years
Generation timeNot researched FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule sizeNot researched Fertilization typeInternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodNot researched
Duration of larval stageNot researched   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Mente, 2008, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hazlett, 1981, Fish & Fish, 1996,
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