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Hermit the crab

Hermit the crab
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-28
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Konika Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 D Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-02 8:27
Viewed: 6851
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I was walking out of the restaurant, it was very dark, I saw something moving, I walked to it and saw this heremiet lobster. Very fast to the room for collecting my Minolta and with a flaslight I took this picture.
I think it is a hermit crab.
Out of wikipedia:
The terrestrial species most commonly kept as pets in the United States are the Caribbean hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus) and the Pacific hermit crab (Coenobita compressus), also known as the Ecuadorian hermit crab. Other species such as Coenobita brevamanus, Coenobita rugosus, Coenobita perlatus, Coenobita cavipe are less common but growing in availabilty and popularity as pets, but can often be found at Petco retail stores across the country (usually certain species at certain times of year). In Australia the only land hermit crabs kept (or once kept as pets) are Australian land hermit crab (Coenobita variabilis) and Strawberry land hermit crab (Coenobita perlatus) which are native to the country as well as the Indonesian islands and surrounding Pacific islands, but due to the fact that they are critically threatened, they are not sold as pets in Australia.

Hermit crab lifespans can vary greatly. In captivity, they usually live for about two to five years, but proper care can add an extra twenty or thirty years to their lives. There have been hermit crabs documented living over seventy years old, but these are most likely exceptional cases.

The fossil record of in situ hermit crabs using gastropod shells stretches back to the Late Cretaceous. Before that time, at least some hermit crabs used ammonites' shells instead, as shown by a specimen of Palaeopagurus vandenengeli from the Speeton Clay, Yorkshire, UK from the Lower Cretaceous [1].

I hope you like it, thanks for looking.

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Hello Viv! What an interesting species! i'm so surprised this shell isn't any snail. Great details, pov and sharpness! Natural colours also!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-02 9:17]

Hi viv,

A great shot of this hermit,very sharp and detailed,almost unbelievable that you took this picture in the night,well composed with a good POV,a pleasure to watch,TFS,


Hi Vivian,
You had a great timing with this “nice” (yes, I think he's nice) crab. It is an unusual picture and I like it! Good details and lightning, nice POV and composition. Great! TFS,

Hello Viv,
Great shot on this hermit crab. Sharp and clearly seen image. Colors look natural even taken with flash. Nice work and TFS.

Hello vivian, excllent colors, bg, POV DOF perfec details very crisp, great work, TFS Kyle

Hi Viv,
Just time for a very quick visit. Very busy few days.
Nice shot. Thanks for posting.
Enjoy the rest of the week.

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