Discorsopagurus schmitti

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Tube-worm hermit crab:
Tube-worm hermit crab (Discorsopagurus schmitti): This species is most often seen inhabiting attached calcareous tubes of serpulid polychaetes. Females are nearly always in attached tubes, while males are sometimes seen in broken pieces and are therefore mobile. The color and habitat are distinct. The only species these could be confused with is the Toothshell hermit (Orthopagurus minimus). D. schmitti is distinguished by having the right claw just a little longer than the left (although it is significantly more robust). Look for these in the low intertidal and shallow subtidal in rocky areas.

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