Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab Calcinus laevimanus

Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab and whelk
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab house-hunting
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab
Hermit crabs have soft rear bodies and use a sea snail shell to protect their body from predators. They curl their rear body and tail around the inside of the shell to walk about and move to a larger shell as they grow. The Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab is native to Indo-Pacific coasts from the Indian Ocean through to Hawaii.
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab with Coral Beauty Angelfish and whelk "You house-hunting again, Zebra?"
Dwarf Zebra Hermit Crab with Coral Beauty Angelfish and whelk "Need to get this whelk to move out first."
It has dark and light "zebra" striped legs It is left handed, with the left claw larger than the right, the larger claw used to block the shell entrance. It is sometimes called the Left-handed Hermit Crab. Its adult length is about 2.5cm (1 inch) long.