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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Anomurans > hermit crabs > Clibanarius
Blue-striped hermit crab
Clibanarius longitarsus*

Family Diogenidae
updated Jan 2020
Where seen? This small hermit crab is seen near mangroves, on sandy shores and among seagrasses. Elsewhere, it is found around rivers and mangroves on mud or sand. Usually, only one is seen. It is not seen in such abundance as the Orange-striped hermit crab.

Tanah Merah, Apr 11
Features: Body 1-2cm long, mostly plain pale. Both pincers are more or less equal in size and held so that the 'fingers' open horizontally in front of the animal. Pincers sparsely hairy, no stripes, olive or brown with paler blue or bluish-green pimples. Walking legs sparsely hairy, bluish-green to olive-tan, with two stripes which may be olive or brown, areas between stripes whitish-tan. Eye stalks olive green to brown without any distinctive stripes. Short antennae and long antennae dull brown or olive.

More on how to tell apart Clibanarius hermit crabs.

Berlayar Creek, Jan 09

St John's Island, Mar 19
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Changi, Dec 12

Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

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

Blue-striped hermit crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Pasir Ris, Aug 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pasir Ris, Feb 19
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

Chek Jawa, May 16
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Jan 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Chek Jawa, Dec 19
Photo shared by Juria Toramae on facebook.

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Ubin OBS, Jan 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Coney Island, Feb 19
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

Seringat-Kias, Apr 10
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.

With grateful thanks to liwaliw for identifying this hermit crab on wildsingapore flickr.



  • Dwi Listyo Rahayu, 2000. Hermit crabs from the South China Sea (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura: Diogenidae, Paguridae, Parapaguridae) (pdf). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2000 Supplement No. 8: 377-404. The National University of Singapore.
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