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Clibanarius is a genus of hermit crabs in the family Diogenidae. Like other hermit crabs, their abdomen is soft-shelled and sheltered in a gastropod shell. Typically marine like all their relatives, the genus includes C. fonticola, the only known hermit crab species that spends all its life in freshwater.

They are omnivores, but mostly prey on small animals and scavenge carrion.

Clibanarius erythropus is a species of hermit crab that lives in rockpools and sublittoral waters. It is found in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean from the Azores to Brittany, and as far north as the Channel Islands. Individuals may grow up to a carapace length of 15 millimetres (0.6 in).

Ecology

A variety of different gastropod shells are used by C. erythropus, the most frequent being Littorina striata, Mitra, Nassarius incrassatus and Stramonita haemastoma, which collectively account for 85% of all individuals studies in the Azores; in the Mediterranean, shells of Cerithium, Alvania montagui and Pisania maculosa are most used by C. erythropus.

Like other hermit crabs, C. erythropus feeds on "organic debris, decayed and fresh macro-algae with associated fauna and epiphytic algal flora, small invertebrates, and macroscopic pieces of dead and live animal tissues". It has been shown that C. erythropus individuals select substrates where they can cover large distances, and that globose shells allow them greater mobility than elongate ones.

Synonyms

Clibanarius misanthropus (Risso, 1827)
Pagurus erythropus Latreille, 1818
Pagurus hirsutus Costa, 1829–1838
Pagurus misanthropus Risso, 1827
Pagurus nigritarsis Lucas, 1846

Source: wikipedia

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_**Clibanarius**_ is a genus of hermit crabs in the family _Diogenidae_. Like other hermit crabs, their abdomen is soft-shelled and sheltered in a gastropod shell. Typically marine like all their relatives, the genus includes _C. fonticola_, the only known hermit crab species that spends all its life in freshwater. They are omnivores, but mostly prey on small animals and scavenge carrion. **_Clibanarius erythropus_** is a species of hermit crab that lives in rockpools and sublittoral waters. It is found in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean from the Azores to Brittany, and as far north as the Channel Islands. Individuals may grow up to a carapace length of 15 millimetres (0.6 in). Ecology A variety of different gastropod shells are used by _C. erythropus_, the most frequent being _Littorina striata_, _Mitra_, _Nassarius incrassatus_ and _Stramonita haemastoma_, which collectively account for 85% of all individuals studies in the Azores;
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Invertebrate Specs

Scientific Name
Family
Diogenidae
Environment
Salt
Max Size
1.0 in.
Chemistry
8.1 - 8.4 pH
Temperature
72 - 78 °F
Temperament
Peaceful
Diet
Herbivore
Difficulty
Easy
Origin
Mexico
Reef Safe
Yes

Tanks (2)

Lucky's 150g Mixed Reef - Salt water Aquarium Bio Cube 29 - Salt water Aquarium