APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland.

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.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project works closely with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders

The CISFBR or Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders is an independent umbrella organisation supporting independent recorders and recording groups in the county of Cornwall.

Cornish Biodiversity Network

The Cornish Biodiversity Network
or CBN is the largest open source wildlife database in Cornwall that sends open source data to the NBN (National Biodiversity Network). It is a new recording system based on the ERICA database, the largest recording resource in Cornwall. The CBN best supports the activities and needs of the independent recording community and recording groups in Cornwall.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum. The link here is to the NBN Atlas.The link here is to the NBN Atlas.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

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.