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coenobita clypeatus, without a protective shell, garden key, dry tortugas national park, gulf of mexico, monroe county, florida 1 | by Alan Cressler
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coenobita clypeatus, without a protective shell, garden key, dry tortugas national park, gulf of mexico, monroe county, florida 1

For some reason this Caribbean land hermit crab was without a protective shell. I understand they look for larger shells at night and maybe that is what this one was doing. This image was taken at night. What a strange animal. For more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_hermit_crab

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Taken on December 20, 2008