Saltwater. Hermit Crabs live in the Caribbean Sea, and often inhabit conch shells.
To be confused with
- White Speckled Hermit Crab Paguristes punticeps
Size: 12 to 25 cm.
Colour: abdomen soft, twisted, hidden inside shell, carapace and claw
Shape: Big crab with strong claws, rounded body hiding in a shell.
Other: claws unequal (right claw is larger), heavily knobbed, knobs
whitish or lighter colour than rest of claw; tubercles (knobs) on
crushing surface of major claw; minor claw slightly spooned; back behind
eyes is flat, tri-lobed in front; red hairs on body, especially long on
last 2 segments of walking legs; antennae are white and red striped;
tufts of hair above the corneas of the eyestalks.
Habitat environment and ecology
Inhabits reefs, mud, shell and sand bottoms. It will attack and eat a conch, thus obtaining a meal and a shell.
BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.
[Marion Haarsma, 2015]
- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World