Maroon Hermit Crab

Maroon Hermit Crab

Pagurus hemphilli

Physical Description

The Maroon Hermit Crab, Pagurus hemphilli, is typically red with small white or blue markings. It possesses distinctive yellow rings on its compound eyes. This species is known for its habit of residing in Chlorostoma shells.

Habitat and Geographical Range

Very abundant along the eastern Pacific coast, Maroon Hermit Crabs can be found throughout kelp forest habitats on and around rocky substrate. They are commonly observed residing in empty shells, providing them with protection and camouflage.

What They Eat and How They Breed

Maroon Hermit Crabs are scavengers and micro-predators, feeding on a variety of organic matter including algae, detritus, and small invertebrates. They reproduce sexually, with females carrying fertilized eggs until hatching into planktonic larvae.

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