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Orthopagurus minimus   (Toothshell Hermit Crab)

Photo of Orthopagurus minimus  by Aaron Baldwin
© Aaron Baldwin (Photo ID #2100)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Sitka Sound, SE Alaska Photographer Aaron Baldwin
Habitat 35 meters on cobbles
Photo Date Upload Date October 18, 2007
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UTM Northing Photo ID # 2100
Notes This unusual hermit lives in the shells of dentalia or tusk shells (Antalis pretiosum) and sometimes worm tubes. The right claw is nearly circular in outline and forms an 'opercula' to block the entrance to the tube when hermit is withdrawn. Photo taken with Pentax Optio W10 underwater submerged in shallow aquarium.

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