Two coral hermits peek from their apartments (#18A)

These coral hermit crabs have each adopted abandoned holes in the reef, probably created by tube worms. They feed on passing plankton, caught with their long, feathered antennae. These specimens are each only about 1/2 inch long.

One characteristic of these creatures is the right cheliped (claw) is always larger than the left. Coral hermits often occupy dozens of holes in close proximity along a section of reef.

Identification: Paguritta sp. (genus Paguritta, species unknown)

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