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
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