A hermit crab (Clibanarius erythropus)

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Researched byEmily Wilson Refereed byAdmin
Authority(Latreille, 1818)
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Summary

Description

A small hermit crab with short, thick pincers, more or less equal in size that have horny, black tips and are covered with hair. The carapace is longer than wide to 1.5 cm and the eyes are long and narrow.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Channel Islands, formerly south coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found in intertidal pools and on sand, gravel and algae in the shallow sublittoral to 40 m.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Carapace length about 15 mm.
  • Rostrum small, acute, and slightly protruding.
  • Chelae with thick fingers bearing thick horny, black tips and covered by wide, blunt tubercles and hair.
  • Eyes extend slightly beyond antennal peduncles.

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Bibliography

  1. Hayward, P., Nelson-Smith, T. & Shields, C. 1996. Collins pocket guide. Sea shore of Britain and northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.

  2. Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E. (ed.), 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  4. Ingle, R., 1993. Hermit crabs of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. An illustrated key. London: Natural History Museum Publications, Chapman & Hall.

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2005. Clibanarius erythropus A hermit crab. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1230

Last Updated: 04/07/2005