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Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-22
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/52 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 5:46
Viewed: 4124
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea. They are not closely related to true crabs. Hermit crabs are quite commonly seen in the intertidal zone, for example in tide pools.

Most species of hermit crabs have long soft abdomens which are protected from predators by the adaptation of carrying around a salvaged empty seashell, into which the whole crab's body can retract. Most frequently hermit crabs utilize the shells of sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks. The tip of the hermit crab's abdomen is adapted to clasp strongly onto the columella of the snail shell. As the hermit crab grows in size, it has to find a larger shell and abandon the previous one.

This habit of living in a second hand shell is what gave rise to the popular name "hermit crab", which is a reference to the idea of a hermit living alone in a small cave.

There are about five hundred known species of hermit crabs in the world, most of which are aquatic and live in saltwater at depths ranging from shallow coral reefs and shorelines to deep sea bottoms. However in the tropics, a number of species are terrestrial, and some of these are quite large, for example, Coenobita clypeatus.

A number of other species, most notably king crabs, have abandoned seashells for a free-living life; these species have forms which are more similar to true crabs, and are known as carcinised hermit crabs.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Suborder: Pleocyemata
Infraorder: Anomura
Superfamily: Paguroidea

Source: Wikipedia

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Wonderful capture of the head part of the hermit crab Haraprasan.
TFS and regards,

Hallo Haraprasan
This crab definitely only had eyes for you. This is a spectacular image with great details, especially those huge eyes. The colour of this crab is very catchy, and I must admit I have never seen a crab with this colour. I am used to the brown and darker coloured ones. Very interesting reading material supplied which I enjoyed reading.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-11 7:01]

Hello Haraprasan,
Very interresting and nice shot.Details,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Hi MF Haraprasan, a great macro capture from frontal POV a hermit crap which use a cerithium shel as a house.
TFS and cheers,

Very small but a lovely specimen in a fine close up HP, your accurately applied selective focus technique isolated the crab from its environment perfectly in this nice image. TFS indeed my friend!

Hello Haraprasan !
I love the shallow DOF on this picture, allowing only the face to be in focus - and such a strange face, and I like the way he seems to be looking directly at you ! Very nicely composed, with natural colors, and great POV.Very well done !

Hello Haraprasan,
Great close up shot of this hermit. I like its eye contact & boldness. TFS

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-11 9:10]

Hello Haraprasan, excellent close-up shot of a hermit crab.
TFS and G's,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-11 11:41]

Hi Haraprasan,
It's an artistic shot.I liked effect of limited DOF a lot.Well caught and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

नमस्ते Haraprasan,
How do you find the time???
Outstanding notes.
Mario wishing you LONG LIFE.

hello Haraprasan

excellent photography of the Hermit crabs
with excellent focus on his head part,
fine frontal POV, stunning eye-contact with you,



Curiosa y efectiva toma Haraprasan, ya que no es común ver a este tipo de animales en tk.
Buen enfoque y acertado fondo en su hábitat.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Haraprasan,

nice to see he crab in diagonally composition.
Good of details and dof with beautiful colours.


Hi Haraprasan.

Nice details in shallow focus of this crab with good details. Well exposed and good framing. TFS and best regards.


As a child I played with these on the beaches of Florida...back in the 1950's before tourists took over..or was it the Cubans? anyway it is a very nice close in. Had I seen this part so close as a child, I might not have been as ready to play!

Ciao Haraprasan, great capture of strange creature with fantastic eyes, seems look to you, wonderful macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

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