Friday, May 29, 2009

Red Hermit Crab

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Red Hermit Crab
(Dardanus megistos)

Red Hermit Crab - Dardanus megistos
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Indian and Western Pacific Oceans

Reef flats and lagoons

Red Hermit Crabs are omnivorous scavengers, meaning they feed on plant and animal scraps.

Quick Fact
Red hermit crabs live in empty snail shells (the one pictured is in a Trochus shell).  As the crab grows, it will outgrow its shell, and must find a larger one to live in.

Learn More
- Wikipedia

- Moorea Biocode Database

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