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Pagurus hartae (McLaughlin & Jensen, 1996)
Hart's Hermit Crab
Family: Paguridae

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

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Distribution of Pagurus hartae in British Columbia
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Species Information

Carapace: shield longer than wide. Eyestalk long; cornea not dilated; eyescales with 1 to 3 sharp-pointed marginal teeth. Right cheliped shorter than walking legs with rows of stout spines on dorsal surface of palm and fingers and serrate margins; carpus with inner margin serrate and smaller spines dorsally; merus with ventral margin serrate. Left cheliped shorter and more slender than right and fingers proportionately longer; similarly spined. Walking legs long and no serrate margins. All appendages with scattered tufts of setae.


Shield length: male 3.3 mm.


Brilliant. Shield orange and scarlet, dark red, and white spots; rest of carapace reticulated dark red with rows of small white dots. Abdomen yellow or red with blue tinges. Both chelipeds have merus and carpus dark red with patches of intense violet margined with crimson on both faces; palm orange with dark red network and white spots; fingers orange. 1st and 2nd walking legs: merus reddish orange with stripes of violet or bluish white margined with crimson on both faces; carpus, propodus and dactyl orange with similar bluish white stripes. These stripes do not completely fade when preserved and are useful diagnostically. Eyestalk translucent with scarlet bands and patches and white bases. Antennules with bands of red, white and blue.


Sand or gravel and broken shell.



Queen Charlotte Sound (51°45’N, 128°05’W), British Columbia, to border of California and Mexico; 6 to 109 m.
Distribution In British Columbia

Queen Charlotte Sound and outer coast of Vancouver Island south to Barkley Sound.

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) 2021. 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: 2022-09-28 3:46:05 AM]
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