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

Family Diogenidae
updated Oct 2016
if you 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!
Many other animals live together with a hermit crab. Look for them.

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 legs.

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

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

Orange-striped hermit crabs on Singapore shores

Photos of Orange-striped hermit crabs for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Pulau Ubin, Jul 17
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.

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.

Give me back my dollar! from Loh Kok Sheng on Vimeo.


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

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