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Lavender hermit crab
awaiting identification*

updated Dec 2019
Where seen? This little hermit crab is commonly seen on sandy areas and among seagrasses on Changi, as well as some other shores.

Features: Body about 1-2cm long, smooth near the eyes but very fluffy towards the other end, pale pink, purplish or darkish. Pincers held so that the 'fingers' open horizontally in front of the animal. Left pincer much bigger than the right pincer. Pincers and legs smooth (not hairy), pale with lavender or dark patches. Eyes on short thick stalks, pale. Short antennae pale, feathery tips pale with bluish tints. Long antennae rather short and broad feathery.
Some, especially larger hermit crabs may have one or more sea anemones on the shell.

Human uses: Hermit crabs have become popular pets and these are usually taken from the wild. Hermit crabs, however, belong in their habitats and not in our homes. More about the impact of keeping hermit crabs as pets.

Tanah Merah, Apr 05

Tanah Merah, Feb 07

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

Lavender hermit crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

With a sea anemone on its shell.
Changi, Jun 05

With a sea anemone on its shell.
Changi, Apr 04

With a sea anemone on its shell.
Changi, Apr 05

East Coast Park, Jun 15

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Kusu Island, Jul 20

Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.
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