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Pink banded hermit crab
Pagurus hedleyi*

Family Diogenidae
updated Dec 2019

Where seen? This little hermit crab with black bars is commonly seen on some of our shores near reefs, rocky shores and even artificial seawalls.

Features: Body about 1-1.5cm long, body with bold black bars and two large bright pink spots or bars on the sides near the eyes. Right pincer usually larger than the left, darker at the claws. Legs sparsely hairy, with longer black bars in bands, joints may be bright pink. Short antennae pale with orange feathery tip. Eyestalks pale. Long antenna banded maroon or dark brown with white dots.

Tanah Merah, Sep 13

Eye stalks and short antennae pale.

Right pincer larger, darker at the base.

Changi, May 08

Punggol, Jan 13

Tanah Merah, Dec 09

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

Pink banded hermit crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Beting Bronok, Sep 05
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr..

Pulau Sekudu, Apr 04
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr..

Pulau Sekudu, Jun 14
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr..

Punggol, Nov 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

With grateful thanks to Dr Dwi Listyo Rahayu for the identification and Rene Ong for sharing the ID.
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