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Pagurus kennerlyi (Stimpson, 1864)
Bluespined Hermit Crab
Family: Paguridae

Species account author: Josephine Hart.
Extracted from Crabs and their relatives of British Columbia.

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Distribution of Pagurus kennerlyi in British Columbia
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Species Information

Carapace: shield longer than wide. Eyestalk long and slender; cornea may be slightly dilated. Right cheliped subequal to waking legs, setose, with tufts of bristles longer than spines but not concealing them; carpus with spines on surface but inner lateral margin serrate with large corneous-tipped teeth which increase in size and number distally; palm and fingers heavily spined. Left chleiped smaller, with rows of stout spines. 1st and 2nd walking legs setose, relatively short and stout; carpi of 1st pair of legs serrate.


Shield length: male 19.2 mm.


Carapace: shield orange, dark red, brown and yellow marbled, laterally brown and cream, posteriorly bright and dark red, and white with yellow dots at base of tufts of setae. Abdomen red, yellow, brown and white marbled. Chelipeds: ischium tan and white; merus dark to light red and tan, with white spots and a white band distally; carpus with some dark red setae and large blue or white spines with dark corneous tips, or with a red band; palm dark red and tan with large pale blue or white, dark-tipped spines; fingers orange with white cutting teeth. 1st and 2nd walking legs red and tan with white patches forming irregular bands; claws dark. Eyestalk kelp brown; cornea black with gold flecks. Antennal flagellum with alternate uneven bands of dark brown or maroon separated by narrower translucent bands.


Rarely intertidal; subtidal on rocky areas, gravel, sand or mud.



Aleutian Islands, Alaska, to Puget Sound, Washington; intertidal to 274 m.
Distribution In British Columbia

Widely distributed.

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2019. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2020-07-13 9:49:00 PM]
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