learn only 3 things about them ...
They come in orange, red and blue.
Every empty shell is a potential hermit crab home. Don't
take any shells home!
other animals live together with a hermit crab. Look for
Where seen? This large often colourful hermit crab is quite
commonly seen on many of our shores, in sandy or silty areas and among
seagrasses. Those seen on our Northern shores are usually larger.
Elsewhere, it is found near river mouths on fine sand or sand-mud
bottoms in mangrove areas.
Features: Body about 3-5cm long,
upper side pale near the eyes, towards the 'tail' with broad dark
brown and pale orange stripes. Body sides dark with white dots. 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, brown with paler pimples and orange claws. Walking legs
sparely hairy, brown with orange stripes. Eye stalks brown with pale
stripes. Short antennae pale orange to feathery tips. Long antennae
pale or dark brown, not feathery.
Juveniles without light colored stripes on eye stalks and walking
Among the most commonly seen
hermit crabs on our shores.
Tanah Merah, Apr 05
East Coast Park, May 11
Changi, Jul 08
East Coast Park, May 11
difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
hermit crabs on Singapore shores
Seringat-Kias, Apr 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.
Pulau Semakau South, Feb 16
Photo shared by Juria Toramae on facbook.
Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.
With grateful thanks to liwaliw
for identifying this hermit crab on wildsingapore
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