hermit crab (#54A, added 8 Jan '98}
This is a common variety of hermit crab found in the Philippines. This species seems to prefer to decorate its adopted shell home with live sea anemones. Perhaps the stinging tentacles of the anemone help deter predators? At any rate, the mobility afforded the anemone by the crab provide for its well-being. The relationship bewteen the crab host and the anemone appear to be a form of symbiosis.

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Dardanus pedunculatus (?)

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