Scarlet hermit crab

Scarlet hermit crab

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scarlet hermit crab (Dardanus megistos) extracting a dead grey bonnet (Phalium glaucum) from its shell. The hermit crab had no hard shell of its own and so uses the shells of dead molluscs for protection. This hermit crab is found in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. It feeds on molluscs, jellyfish and octopus and can grow up to 15 centimetres in length. Photographed in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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