Specimens above found in shallow pools at Great Hogus, Marazion, Cornwall, 25.03.16.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.