(Milne Edwards, 1837)
English : Strawberry hermit-crab
French : Bernard-l’ermite fraise
Class : Malacostraca
Order : Decapoda
Family : Coenobitidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach up to 12 cm for a weight of 80 g. Strong legs and claws, eye peduncles laterally compressed. Coloration usually bright red to orange, rarely cream. White wart-like dots scattered on whole body and legs. Red antennae.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in the Indo-Pacific area, from East Africa to French Polynesia, north to south Japan, south to north Australia, mostly on islands. Lives in all kinds of coastal areas, never far from the sea.
IUCN RED LIST : NOT LISTED
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species has a large range and can be locally abundant and tolerate habitat changes. It is still locally collected for the trade.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known