Seanet High Intertidal

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Pagurus samuelis (Stimpson, 1857)
Phylum Arthropoda, Subph. Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Subcl. Eumalacostraca, Superorder Eucarida, Order Decapoda, Infraorder Anomura, Family Paguridae

Hermit crab; antennae red & unbanded; irregular patches of blue on tips of legs; small juveniles often with white bands on legs; carapace to 19 mm; dark olive green.

Most common hermit crab in tidepools; high to mid-intertidal zones; protected outer coast; prefers turban snail shells.

Geo Range: Vancouver Island to Baja
Similar species:
Pagurus granosimanus has blue or white bumps on carapace & claws; numerous spp. of hermit crabs occur in tidepools.