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.
difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
hermit crabs on Singapore shores
|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.