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
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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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