Hermit Crab

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    A tiny Hermit crab testing the waters. Its camouflage was a little blown due to the beautiful red/yellow rocks it was climbing on. The eyes are quite interesting as they appear like from a big cat predator or alike - just in a slightly different body. Seen on a beach in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Subphylum:Crustacea
    Class: Malacostraca
    Order: Decapoda
    Suborder: Pleocyemata
    Infraorder: Anomura
    Superfamily: Paguroidea
    Species: Coenobita variabilis
    Common names: Hermit crab, Australian land hermit crab, Aussie

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    1. Miss Q Pix 100 months ago | reply

      Great capture. One can almost feel all the different textures

    2. AmpamukA 100 months ago | reply

      Stunning shot ,well done :D

    3. DeusXFlorida (11,059,330 views) - thanks guys! 99 months ago | reply


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    4. AlexandraPhotos (mac73t) 99 months ago | reply

      Beautiful macro shot. Wonderful

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    5. emmac350 99 months ago | reply

      I doubt whether this is a Ruggie, as the most common Australian species of hermit crab is the Coenobita variabilis, also known as the Aussie. C. rugosus specimens tend to have very dark splotches on their eyestalks below the eyes; C. variabilis does not. One of the easiest ways to tell an Aussie, though, is the dark stripe that they all have on their large pincher.

      I'm heavily involved in several land hermit crab communities online, and just wanted to set the record straight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_land_hermit_crab

    6. Kaidohmaru* 99 months ago | reply

      emmac350: Thanks and I checked the other shots of it again and can confirm that you are right: it is actually a Coenobita variabilis - I already changed the description and tags accordingly.

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      This shot is amazing!
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