Pylopagurus discoidalis -

Since the 1800s, only dried specimens of this rare and conical hermit crab have been found.  Within the last year, a deep sea submarine expidition discovered this hermit crab in the waters of the Caribbean.  

Their right front claws have developed into a shield like structure that allows it to firmly seal the opening of its cone.  Like its shell, its body is elongated to fit inside.  Each hermit crab must find a shell that suits its body and shield shapes.  

Since they have just been rediscovered and it lives so deep (160-330 feet), very little is known about its lifestyle.

It’s riding a sea cucumber. 

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Posted on Saturday, 19 October
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