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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Anomurans > hermit crabs > Clibanarius
Tawny hermit crab
Family Diogenidae
updated Dec 2019
Where seen? This small hermit crab not often seen. So far near artificial seawalls as well as on natural rubble areas.

Features: Body 1-2cm long, mostly plain white. 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, uniformly coloured a dark orange. Walking legs sparsely hairy, no stripes, uniformly coloured a dark orange. Eye stalks bright orange without any distinctive stripes. Short antennae and long antennae bright orange.

Two species fit these photos but they are hard to tell apart in the field: Clibanarius arethusa and Clibanarius rutilus

More on how to tell apart Clibanarius hermit crabs.

Chek Jawa, Jun 14

Tanah Merah, Jun 12

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

Tawny hermit crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Chek Jawa, Jun 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

With grateful thanks to Rene Ong for checking with Dr
Dwi Listyo Rahayu on the identification of this hermit crab.
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