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4HMEM30: Life in the Sea Member Manual

Figure 56. Hermit crab (Pagurus spp.) Discarded snail shells provide strong, portable homes for the soft-bodied hermit crabs. When threatened, these common tide pool inhabitants retreat inside their shells and with their pincer claws, effectively block the shell's entrance. Size: to 4 inches. Range: temperate and tropical coastal waters.