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Hamlet, Indigo (Hypoplectrus indigo)

Hamlet, Indigo
Hamlet, Indigo
Part of the grouper family, this vibrant fish is a common find in coral reefs in the Bahamas.They reach about 14.3cm in length and can be distinguished by the wide dark blue and narrow light blue bars running down its body. Though they are themselves carnivores, juveniles may be potential prey of the invasive Lionfish!
Fun Facts...
They will establish a particular area of the reef as their territory and will live their entire life there!
Location... Found in the western central Atlantic, including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Bahamas.

Habitat... Usually found solitary on coral reefs.

Diet...
Small crabs, shrimp and small fish.

Least Concern

Hermit crab, Common (Pagurus bernhardus)

Hermit crab, Common
Hermit crab, Common

The common hermit crab is a large crab with a carapace length of up to 35cm. It is reddish-brown in colour and will occupy any shell that it suitable for its size.

It has two pincers, covered with thick pointed protrusions and the right pincer is a lot bigger than the left, with two rows of large protrusions. 


Fun Facts...

When a new shell has been found, hermit crabs will often form 'vacancy chains'. Crabs will gather around the shell and form a queue from biggest to smallest then if the largest crab takes the shell, the second largest will move into the newly vacated shell leaving its shell free for the third largest and so on.


Location...

Common in north-west Europe and all around the coast of Britain



Habitat...

Inhabits sandy and rocky areas and can be found to depths of 140m.



Diet...
Scavenges on any plant and animal matter but also filter feeds.

Not Evaluated

Hermit crab, Metallic blue (Calcinus elegans)

Hermit crab, Metallic blue
Hermit crab, Metallic blue

The metallic blue hermit crab is so called because of its electrifying blue legs with black bands. Its antennae are bright orange and it has brownish-green pincers. It is a fairly small crab and chooses snail or triton shells for its home.


Fun Facts...

Although this crab may be small it is certainly feisty when it needs a home. They have been know to attack and eat snails so it can use the deceased's shell as its new home.


Location...

Found throughout the Indo-Pacific especially around Indonesia, the Marshall Islands and Hawaii.



Habitat...

Usually inhabits reefs and rocky areas.



Diet...
Although most hermit crabs are scavengers, these crabs prefer to pick algae from rocky areas.

Not Evaluated

Hermit crab, Purple pincher (Coenobita clypeatus)

Hermit crab, Purple pincher
Hermit crab, Purple pincher
The purple pincher hermit crab is a terrestrial hermit crab which is also nocturnal. They are usually found in groups as they are extremely social and forage and travel together. It has a large left claw, which is significantly larger than its right claw, but both are purple in colour. Its larger claw is used to cover the entrance of the shell and protect against predators. Adults tend to burrow and hide under the the roots of large trees during the day. Juveniles are often pale in colour with a brightly coloured large claw. As they grow, they become a deep, rich red colour and have tufts of hair on their claws. 
Fun Facts...
Although highly sociable, these crabs will fight each other for a better shell. They will also eat vulnerable molting crabs and steal their shell!

By foraging together, they find food more quickly and can also alert each other of any lurking predators!

While this crab is terrestrial, it has to return to the water to spawn.
Location... These crabs are found in the Western Atlantic, from southern Florida, to Venezuela and in the Caribbean, West Indies and Bermuda.

Habitat... They inhabit tropical and sub-tropical islands, spending most their time inland in woodland. Have even been known to climb up into the mountains, as high as 887 metres!

Diet...
Omnivorous scavenger, feeding on almost anything they can find.

Not Evaluated

Hermit crab, Red hairy (Dardanus lagopodes)

Hermit crab, Red hairy
Hermit crab, Red hairy

The red hairy hermit crab is a fairly small crab, growing up to 2cm long. Its body and limbs are a dusky rose pink or pale red and covered with tiny white spots. The left pincer is larger than the right and it has large eyes with a yellow edge on stout stalks. Its legs and body appear to be hairy, hence the common name.


Fun Facts...

Hermit crabs have been known to fight to the death over a new home and will often attack other animals for their shells.


Location...

Found in the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to southern India, the Philippines and Taiwan, north to Japan and south to Australia and French Polynesia.



Habitat...

Inhabits rocky shores and hard substrates, including coral reefs and lagoons.



Diet...
Scavenge on any plant and animal matter they can find.

Not Evaluated
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