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Elassochirus cavimanus   (Purple Hermit Crab)

Photo of Elassochirus cavimanus  by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2237)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Auke Bay, Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat 75 meters
Photo Date Upload Date October 25, 2007
Elevation (m)
UTM Zone # Latitude
UTM Easting Longitude
UTM Northing Photo ID # 2237
Notes This deepwater species is immediately recognizable by the brilliant (here faded somewhat) violet color on the claws. The walking legs are red or orange with white polka-dots. For preserved material in which the color is lost the carpus of the right claw (carpus is the next segment toward the body after the claw 'hand', in this genus usually the widest part of big claw) has a single row of blunt spines running lengthwise.


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