Name: Common Hermit Crab
Scientific name: Pagurus bernhardus
Nature Stars: 40
About: Hermit crabs live inside the empty shells of snail-like animals, particularly whelks and periwinkles. They live on sandy and rocky shores, where they scavenge on plant and animal remains. They have hard pincers, but a soft body which is hidden inside the shell.
How to identify: This is the largest of several species of very similar hermit crabs.
Where: Found all round our shores.
Fantastic fact: As they grow, hermit crabs move into ever larger shells.
Photograph credit: Les Binns