Saltwater Hermit Crab Photo Gallery

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    Green Striped Hermit Crab (Clibanarius vittatus)

    Green Striped Hermit Crab (Clibanarius vittatus)
    Keoki Stender

    The Green Striped Hermit Crab (Clibanarius vittatus) is common in Tulip Shells in shallow water. This hermit crab is green with striped legs and orange antennae and attains a length of 3 inches. It is found in the waters of Virginia, the Caribbean, & the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Giant (Petrochirus Diogenes) Hermit Crab

    Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus Diogenes)
    Benjamin Risso

    This is a photo of a Giant (Petrochirus Diogenes) Hermit Crab without its shell. The glove will give you an idea of the size of the creature. Pretty ugly, isn't it?

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    Blue Legged (Clibanarius tricolor) Hermit Crab

    Blue Legged Hermit Crab
    Madelyn Catob

    The Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab is a great addition to a saltwater aquarium because it eats many kinds of algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), and sifts the sand, as well.

     

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    Anemone Carrying Hermit Crab

    Anemone Carrying Hermit Crab
    Robert Daleiden

    Due to its size, the Anemone Hermit Crab has been known to bulldoze through just about anything in a reef tank. It is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been ​known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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    Hairy Hermit Crab

    Hairy Hermit Crab
    Dena Zingelewicz

    In the wild, the Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab (Aniculus maximus) is uncommonly found in deeper water. It inhabits large Tun, Helmet, and Triton shells.

    Due to its size, the Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab (Aniculus ​maximus) has been known to bulldoze through just about anything in a reef tank. It is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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    Blue Knee Hermit Crab (Dardanus guttatus)

    Blue Kneed Hermit Crab
    Rachel Reed

    The Blue Knee Hermit Crab (Dardanus guttatus) is found in the Indo-Pacific area in bays and lagoons.

     

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    Blue-Leg Hermit Crab

    Blue-Leg Hermit Crab
    Todd Gunderson

    The Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab is a great addition to a saltwater aquarium because it eats many kinds of algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), and sifts the sand, as well.

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    Cone Shell Hermit Crab (Trizopagurus or Ciliopagurus strigatus)

    Cone Shell Hermit Crab (Trizopagurus or Ciliopagurus strigatus)
    Larry Yarbray

    The Cone Shell Hermit Crab is common in cone shells and cowries and attains a length of about 1".

     

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    Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus diogenes)

    Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus diogenes)
    Kyle Villareal

    The Giant Hermit Crab (Petrochirus diogenes) is found in the western Atlantic from North Caroline to Brazil. It attains a length of about 12" and is very destructive in a marine aquarium.
     

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    Zebra Hermit Crab

    Zebra Hermit Crab
    Joe Martin

    The Dwarf Zebra (or Left-Handed) Hermit Crab (Calcinus laevimanus) may be one of the best reef tank scavengers around. Small in size (up to 1"), they can get into all of the nooks and crannies in a tank as they consume uneaten food, detritus, Green Hair Algae and even Red Slime Algae.

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    Blue Eyed Hermit Crab

    Blue Eyed Hermit Crab
    Tim Brown

    The Blue-Eye Hermit Crab is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been ​known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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    Blue Legged (Clibanarius tricolor) Hermit Crab

    Blue Legged (Clibanarius tricolor) Hermit Crab
    Gina Morgan

    The Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab is a great addition to a saltwater aquarium because it eats many kinds of algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria) as well as sifts the sand.

     

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    Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab

    Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab
    Craig Smith

     The Scarlet Hermit Crab (Paguristes cadenati) is a great addition to a saltwater aquarium because it eats many kinds of algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), and sifts the sand, as well.

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    Anemone Carrying Hermit (Dardanus pedunculatus)

    Anemone Carrying Hermit (Dardanus pedunculatus)
    Keoki Stender

     Due to its size, the Anemone Hermit Crab has been known to bulldoze through just about anything in a reef tank. It is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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    Cone Shell Hermit

    Cone Shell Hermit
    Keoki Stender

    A wonderful close-up shot of this hermit that can be clumsy in a reef tank because of it's larger shell, Trizopagurus strigatus.

     

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    Left-Handed Hermit Crab (Calcinus laevimanus)

    Left-Handed Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    An incredible close up shot of a Left-Handed Hermit Crab (Calcinus laevimanus), one of several Calcinus species of hermits found in Hawaii. This Hermit remains small (less than 1") and is a real workhorse, getting into all of the small nooks and crannies in a tank.

     

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    Small Hairy Hermit Crab (Dardanus sanguinocarpus)

    Small Hairy Hermit Crab (Dardanus sanguinocarpus)
    Keoki Stender

    This Hermit Crab is fairly common in medium-sized shells at scuba depths.  It attains a size of about 3 inches and is found in Hawaii, the Marquesas, Marshall Islands.

     

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    Yellow Hairy Hermit (Aniculus maximus)

    Yellow Hairy Hermit (Aniculus maximus)
    Keoki Stender

    Due to its size, the Yellow Hairy Hermit has been known to bulldoze through just about anything in a reef tank. It is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

     

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    White-Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos)

    White-Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos)
    Keoki Stender

    An incredible close up shot of a White-Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos).

     

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    Bloody Hermit Crab (Dardanus sanguinocarpus)

    Bloody Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Bloody Hermit Crab (Dardanus sanguinocarpus) is fairly common in Hawaii, Marquesas, and the Marshall Islands, inhabiting medium-sized shells.

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    Electric Orange Hermit Crab (Calcinus sp.)

    Electric Orange Hermit Crab (Calcinus sp.)
    Keoki Stender

     The Electric Orange Hermit Crab is a great addition to a saltwater aquarium because it eats ditritus, uneaten food and many kinds of algae, including red slime algae (cyanobacteria), and sifts the sand, as well. The Electric Orange Hermit Crab (Calcinus sp.) is commonly found in shallow and deeper water in the Indo-Pacific region. Only the Hawaiian specimens have orange bands, in other regions, they are turquoise.

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    Haig's Hermit Crab (Calcinus haigae)

    Haig's Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Haig's Hermit Crab (Calcinus haigae) has purple legs with red spots and white tips.

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    Red Hairy Hermit Crab (Dardanus lagopodes)

    Hairy Red Hermit Crab
    Yuko Stender

    The Red Hairy Hermit Crab (Dardanus lagopodes) is found in the Indo-Pacific region. This photo was taken at Wakatobi, Indonesia, at 25 feet.

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    Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab (Aniculus maximus)

    Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab (Aniculus maximus) is uncommonly found in deeper water. It inhabits large Tun, Helmet, and Triton shells.

    Due to its size, the Hairy Yellow Hermit Crab (Aniculus ​maximus) has been known to bulldoze through just about anything in a reef tank. It is best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been known to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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    Hopper's Hermit Crab (Aniculus hopperae)

    Hopper's Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Hopper's Hermit Crab (Aniculus hopperae) is an uncommon medium-sized species found only in Hawaii. It is easily distinguished by the dark brown spots at the 'elbow'.

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    Jeweled Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus gemmatus)

    Jeweled Anemone Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Jeweled Anemone Hermit Crab (Dardanus gemmatus) is occasionally seen on reefs. Dardanus pedunculatus has granules covering the entire left claw. This Hermit Crab attaches two types of anemone outside of and within its shell. The anemones eject sticky acontia threads if disturbed.

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    Laurent's Hermit Crab (Calcinus laurentae)

    Laurent's Hermit Crab
    Keoki Stender

    The Laurent's Hermit Crab (Calcinus laurentae) is Endemic to Hawaii and is common in small shells at scuba depths. It has red legs with white tips and black eyes with white dots.