Hermit Crab

main1

Joined August 2008

  • Available
    Products
    6
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 48

Wall Art

Stationery

Artist's Description

Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea. They are not closely related to true crabs.

Most species of hermit crabs have long soft abdomens which are protected from predators by the adaptation of carrying around a salvaged empty seashell, into which the whole crab’s body can retract. Most frequently hermit crabs utilize the shells of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks. The tip of the hermit crab’s abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the snail shell. As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one.

This habit of living in a second hand shell is what gave rise to the popular name “hermit crab”, which is a reference to the idea of a hermit living alone in a small cave.

Artwork Comments

  • elizabethrose05
  • main1
  • Kevin  Kroeker
  • main1
  • Maximus
  • main1
  • Simon Muirhead
  • main1
  • Christopher Birtwistle-Smith
  • main1
  • Kasia  Kotlarska
  • main1
  • Jay Ryser
  • main1
  • jansnow
  • main1
  • Snoboardnlife
  • main1
  • flyfish70
  • main1
,
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.