Clibanarius erythropus  (Latreille 1818)
Main synonym = Pagurus erythropus    Latreille, 1818
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Crustacea / Decapoda / Diogenidae
Hermit Crab     Maltese name not known
Further Information:
A small hermit crab with short, thick pincers, more or less equal in size that have horny, black tips and are covered with hair. The carapace is longer than wide to 1.5 cm and the eyes are long and narrow. It is similar in appearance to other hermit crabs such as Pagurus bernhardus and Pagurus prideaux, but it can be separated by the fact that it has horny black tipped pincers that are hairy. Found at coastal areas, sandy beaches and algae in the shallow sublittoral to 40m. Scarce in Malta but not rare; used to be much more common in the past (personal observation of the author). Synonym: C. misanthropus.

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