||[Jul. 2nd, 2007|12:34 am]
Hermit Crab Lovers!
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea , not closely related to true crabs. Most hermit crabs salvage empty seashells to shelter and protect their soft abdomens, from which they derive the name "hermit". There are about five hundred known species of hermit crabs in the world, most of which are aquatic, living at a range of depths from shallow coral reefs and shorelines to deep sea bottoms, although some species are terrestrial. A number of species, most notably king crabs, have abandoned seashells for a free-living life; these species have forms similar to true crabs and are known as carcinised hermit crabs. Hermit crabs live in the wild in colonies of 100 or more, and do not thrive in smaller numbers.|