A hermit crab (Cestopagurus timidus)
|Researched by||Anna Neish||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Catapaguroides timidus (Roux, 1830)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland
Recorded in the south west of England around the Isles of Scilly and in other isolated locations including the Clyde region, Scotland and Northern Ireland (see Ingle, 1993).
Found in the Gulf of St. Malo south to the Canary Islands and common throughout the Mediterranean.
Cestopagurus timidus is associated with soft substrata, especially among seagrasses and algae, in the intertidal and shallow sublittoral to 80 m.
- Carapace length about 5 mm.
- Rostrum small, acute, and slightly protruding.
- Right claw (chela) more robust than left.
- Claw (chelae) surfaces have long setae.
- Eyes extend beyond antennal peduncles.
- In females the first pleopods are lacking.
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Campbell, A.C., 1982. The Hamlyn guide to the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean Sea. London: Hamlyn.
Hayward, P., Nelson-Smith, T. & Shields, C. 1996. Collins pocket guide. Sea shore of Britain and northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.
Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
Ingle, R., 1993. Hermit crabs of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. An illustrated key. London: Natural History Museum Publications, Chapman & Hall.
Picton, B.E. & Costello, M.J., 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. [CD-ROM] Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin.
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Last Updated: 04/07/2005