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Halloween Hermit Crab

Ciliopagurus strigatus


Also known as Cone Hermit Crab, Cone Shell Hermit Crab, Red Striped Hermit Crab, Orange-legged Hermit Crab and Pyjama Hermit Crab. They feed on fish, invertebrates and each other! Unlike other hermit crabs this crab prefers narrow aperture shells such as cone shells. They grow to a length of about 6cm.


Found both day and night in lagoons on sea grass beds, over sand and rubble areas, at depths of 0 to 25m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Owl 10 years ago

That is a cool pattern on its body.

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Wow! Nice condo he´s got! and he is very pretty!

Blogie 10 years ago

Hi Nicholas! Yeah, the critter really stood out against the browns and whites of the coral rubble.

Nicholas4 10 years ago

Incredible colors!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 28, 2012
Submitted on Feb 1, 2012

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