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Clibanarius erythropus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 May 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Clibanarius erythropus (NL: - / EN: Intertidal hermit crab, Rocky-shore hermit crab, Latreille’s hermit crab / DE: Mittelmeer-Felsküsteneinsiedlerkrebs, Einsiedlerkrebs / FR: Pagure misanthrope, Piadion, Piade de roche, Pagure de roche, Petite piade, Ermite de roche) is a species of hermit crab that lives in rockpools and sublittoral waters. It is found in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean from the Azores to Brittany, and as far north as the Channel Islands. Individuals may grow up to a carapace length of 15 millimetres. A variety of different gastropod shells are used by C. erythropus. Like other hermit crabs, C. erythropus feeds on "organic debris, decayed and fresh macro-algae with associated fauna and epiphytic algal flora, small invertebrates, and macroscopic pieces of dead and live animal tissues". It has been shown that C. erythropus individuals select substrates where they can cover large distances, and that globose shells allow them greater mobility than elongate ones.

Image: Vendicari (IT-SI) – 09/04/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/60 second F/14.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

Excellente prise.

20 May 2012 10:48am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful macro shot !

20 May 2012 7:58pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Great capture of this ugly guy! :)

22 May 2012 5:35pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
ISO 200
150 mm