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Banded hermit crab
Pseudopaguristes monoporus*

Family Diogenidae
updated Jan 2020

Where seen? This little hermit crab is commonly seen on some of our shores, in coral rubble near the low water mark, sometimes on living corals and sea fans. Previously known as Paguristes monoporus.

Features: Body about 1-1.5cm long, pale or yellowish with dark or bluish speckles in bands. Right pincer usually larger than the left. Legs sparsely hairy, with black bars in bands. Short antennae banded orange-bright blue with orange feathery tips. Eyestalks banded orange-bright blue-orange. Long antenna banded maroon or dark brown with white dots.

Pulau Sekudu, Aug 03

Eye stalks banded blue and orange.
Pulau Sekudu, Aug 05

Right pincer larger.

Sentosa, Jan 05

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Banded hermit crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Punggol, Jan 11

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Changi, Jan 20

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Changi West, Sep 20

Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, Jul 15

Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.
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