APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that is found in the coastal waters
and rockpools of south-west England. Images by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Clibanarius erythropus (Latreille, 1818) - St. Piran's hermit crab (Crustacean Images)
St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- animal without shell 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- emerging from shell 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- emerging from shell 2

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- eyes 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- carapace 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- carapace 2

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- lateral view head 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- emerging from shell 3

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- claw 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- claws 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- shallow pool habitat 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- pool Great Hogus Marazion 1

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- pool Great Hogus Marazion 2

Specimens above found in shallow pools at Great Hogus, Marazion, Cornwall, 25.03.16.

St. Piran's hermit crab
Clibanarius erythropus
- group / collection 1

Specimens above found amongst Coral Weed at Battery Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall, 30.04.16.

Clibanarius erythropus is a warmer water species, it was first found in the UK in 1960 at Mousehole, Cornwall, by Dr. N. Tregenza.

The species is by no means common, sites for it can be quite local, and years when it occurs can be sporadic and dependent on the drift of larvae from the south of Brittany. Places where the species has been found include, Plymouth, Falmouth, the Lizard, Marazion and Porthleven.

Ref: A Hermit Crab New to Britain by D. B. Carlisle & N. Tregenza.

Ref: Distribution and ecology of the hermit crab Clibanarius erythropus in the Western Channel by A.J. Southward and Eve C. Southward. J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K. (1977), 57, 441-452.

St. Piran's hermit crab has been used here over 'St. Piran's crab' because most crab types keep their type in their common name and I see no reason why this cannot continue.

Clibanarius erythropus St Pirans hermit crab Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.