Tiny, coy and colourful hermit crab could be a cleaner crab

Main report: New hermit crab has candy-stick legs and a giant spoon-like claw
(New Scientist)

Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae
Common Name: Candy striped hermit crab
Species named for: Molly Muller
Categories: Crustaceans | New Species

It is suggested that these crabs could act as cleaners for the eel, eating mucus or other bits on the eel’s body.  The uncharacteristic large claw could be used like a spoon for feeding.

Photo: Ellen Muller

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