Diogenes pugilator

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Diogenes pugilator
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Diogenes pugilator in a Nassarius reticulatus shell
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Diogenidae
Genus: Diogenes
Species: D. pugilator
Binomial name
Diogenes pugilator
(Roux, 1829) [1]
Synonyms [1]
  • Pagurus algarbiensis de Brito Capello, 1875
  • Pagurus arenarius Lucas, 1846
  • Pagurus bocagii de Brito Capello, 1875
  • Pagurus curvimanus Clement, 1874
  • Pagurus dillvyni A. Milne-Edwards & Bouvier, 1900
  • Pagurus dillwynii Bate, 1851
  • Pagurus dilwynnii Alcock, 1905
  • Pagurus lafonit Fischer, 1872
  • Pagurus ponticus Kessler, 1860
  • Pagurus pugilator Roux, 1829
  • Pagurus varians Costa, 1838

Diogenes pugilator is a species of hermit crab, sometimes called the small hermit crab[1] or south-claw hermit crab, with a maximum carapace length of 5.45 mm (0.215 in).[2] It is found from the coast of Angola as far north as the North Sea, and eastwards through the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Red Sea.[2] Populations of D. pugilator may be kept in check by the predatory crab Liocarcinus depurator.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Michael Türkay (December 21, 2004). Patsy McLaughlin, ed. "Diogenes pugilator (Roux, 1829)". World Paguroidea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b David McGrath; Mark J. Costello; Chris Emblow (2000). "The hermit crab Diogenes pugilator (Roux, 1829) in Irish waters". Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. 100B (2): 115–118. JSTOR 20500087. 
  3. ^ T. Tirelli; M. Dappiano; G. Maiorana; D. Pessani (2000). "Intraspecific relationships of the hermit crab Diogenes pugilator: predation and competition". Hydrobiologia. 439 (1–3): 43–48. doi:10.1023/a:1004197518769. 

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