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Sea life from the Northern Atlantic Ocean. 50 degree F salt water species. Gulf of Maine Inc. supplies sea life, beach plants, and aquarium substrates from Maine, collected by hand.

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Hairy Hermit Crab (Pagurus spp.)

Hairy Hermit Crab (Pagurus spp.)

from 15.00

Common name:  hairy hermit crab

Scientific name:  Pagurus spp.

Locations:  rocky shores of the intertidal zone

Seasonality:  available all year

Color:  red - brown

Size: 2” - 3”

Collected:  by hand

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 In this case, it looks like the hairy hermit molted and moved out of his hairy shell into a fur-free one.  The hydroids on his body will now most likely colonize the big new shell.

In this case, it looks like the hairy hermit molted and moved out of his hairy shell into a fur-free one.  The hydroids on his body will now most likely colonize the big new shell.

Tidepool Tim says,  "This crab's "hair" is really a hydroid colonial organism called "snail fur" (Hydractinia echinata). The hydroid doesn't directly harm the crab, and research is being done to determine the nature of this symbiotic relationship. Hermit crabs are more like little crawfish or lobsters structurally, but they have soft abdomens and live in borrowed shells for protection."