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Clibanarius longitarus

Blue Striped Hermit Crab
Lisa Walton (2014)

Photo: courtesy of Ron Yeo,, 2013



Fact Sheet



Habitat & Distribution


Population Demographics

Investigation: An up-close look at the unique and complex appendages of an aquatic hermit crab

Gas exchange

Internal transport


Nervous system

Feeding & Digestion


Development & larvae


Evolution & Phylogeny

Conservation, Threats, and Importance


Conservation & Threats

This taxon has not yet been assessed by the ICUN red list, (ICUN, 2013), but other sources have confirmed the species is abundant, widespread and under very little threat, (Litulo, 2005.) However, Lewinsohn (1969) carried out a study in Africa, and suggested that exploitation for fish bait by locals may threaten populations. Apart from this, Clibanarius longitarus holds no significant economic importance, so over-exploitation is not a threat to this species, (Tudge, Asakura & Ahyong, 2004.) Although direct exploitation may not harm population numbers, Bertness (1981) suggested the idea that a lack of shells may limit populations and decrease reproduction rates. Shell collecting may therefore affect population numbers, if done intensely enough. Habitat destruction may also be a threat to the species, as it is with most animals.

The Blue striped hermit crab is important for ecosystems because of their contribution of larva for commercially important juvenille fish species seeking protection in estuaries and mangroves, (Squires et al. 2001.) They are also important because of their feeding habits, cleaning their habitats of dead organic material by consuming it.