Common Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus)
Also known as the soldier crab, the common hermit crab is a species of pagurid hermit crab which is distributed along most of Europe’s Atlantic coasts. Common hermit crabs are typically seen in pools on the upper to lower shore regions in rock/tide pools. Common hermit crabs chiefly detritivores but they will also scavenge and filter feed if necessary. In typical hermit crab fashion P. bernhardus will use the shells of gastropod species, like Littorina sp. and Buccinum sp. for protection.
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