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Long-clawed Hermit Crab
(Pagurus longicarpus)
walrus
Description
It is a small western Atlantic hermit crab. They have unequal chelipeds (claws) in which the right is substantially larger than the left. Their oversized claw is long and slender and approximately cylindrical in shape. Body color is highly variable, ranging from beige to off-white to greenish-grey to brown. Like all hermits, they protect their soft, assymetrical abdomen by tucking it into and tightly curling it around the columnlike structure of the shell from a dead gastropod.
Dimensions
It grows up to 1/2 inches.
Diet
They are omnivorous and feed on small bits of fish, grass shrimp, dead plants, algae, and other hermit crabs.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit rocks, mudflats, salt marshes and estuaries. They can be found in Texas, New England, Florida, Eastern Canada and Mid-Atlantic.
Conservation status
 

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