Calcinus elegans (Milne-Edwards, 1836)
elegant hermit
Calcinus elegans
photo by Bourjon, Philippe

Family:  Diogenidae (left-handed hermit crabs)
Max. size: 
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 10 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits intertidal and subtidal to 10 m, on rock bottoms, boulders and coral rubble. It is sometimes found on rock platforms in the splash zone (Ref. 81753); also in mangrove (Ref. 114915). Prefers nocturnal foraging within seagrass habitat (Ref. 114915). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans: 
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Entered by: Pan-Saniano, Marianne - 11.12.05
Modified by: Conejar - Espedido, Jeniffer - 07.10.14

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