Pagurus sinuatus

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Pagurus sinuatus
Red Hermit Crab-Pagurus sinuatus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Superfamily: Paguroidea
Family: Paguridae
Genus: Pagurus
Species: P. sinuatus
Binomial name
Pagurus sinuatus
(Stimpson, 1858)
Synonyms [1]

Eupagurus sinuatus Stimpson, 1858

Pagurus sinuatus is a large species of hermit crab found in Australia and the Kermadec Islands. It is red or orange in colour with coloured bands on the legs and patches on the body.


Pagurus sinuatus is a large species of hermit crab, and normally inhabits rounded gastropod shells. It is distinguished from other hermit crab species in Australia by its solid, hairy chelipeds (claw-bearing appendages), although there may be further undescribed species within its range.[2] The hermit crab's body is orange and red, with patches of red or violet colour. The pereiopods (walking legs) are banded.[2] It reaches a maximum "shield length" (distance from the rostrum to the cervical groove on the carapace) of 14.5 millimetres (0.57 in).[3]


Pagurus sinuatus is found in the intertidal zone along the coasts of the Australian states of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia,[3] and in the Kermadec Islands (New Zealand).[4]

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  1. ^ Patsy McLaughlin (2009). P. McLaughlin, ed. "Pagurus sinuatus (Stimpson, 1858)". World Paguroidea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Gary C. B. Poore & Shane T. Ahyong (2004). "Paguridae". Marine decapod Crustacea of southern Australia: a guide to identification. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 270–278. ISBN 978-0-643-06906-0. 
  3. ^ a b P. J. F. Davie. "Paguridae". Crustacea: Malocostraca: Eucarida (Part 2), Decapoda: Anomura, Brachyura. Volume 19 of Zoological catalogue of Australia, Australia. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 76–86. ISBN 978-0-643-06792-9. 
  4. ^ Jacques Forest & Colin L. McLay (2001). "The biogeography and bathymetric distribution of New Zealand hermit crabs (Crustacea: Anomura: Paguridea)". Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 31 (4): 687–720. doi:10.1080/03014223.2001.9517670.