Flatclaw hermit Crab
Common Name: Flatclaw hermit Crab
Latin Name: Pagurus pollicaris and p. longicarpus
Size/weight: About 1⁄2 inch long & wide for P. longicarpus, one inch or more for P. pollicaris
Range: Gulf of Maine to Gulf of Mexico
Habitat: Sandy and other bottom habitats in depths up to 150 feet.
Diet: Food (detritus and algae) scavenged off the bottom and within the sand and mud.
Description: The hermit crab is famous for borrowing the shells or snails or other animals as their own home. Inside the shell, their hermit crab’s body is long, soft and roughly cylindrical with small appendages, antennae and prominent eye stalks.
Conservation Note: Not listed as endangered or vulnerable.