Labidochirus splendescens

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Splendid hermit:
Splendid hermit (Labidochirus splendescens): This unusual hermit crab is restricted to the subtidal zone. Of all of Alaska's hermits, this one is the most "carcinized" (crab-like) with a greatly reduced abdomen and heavily calcified carapace. The small shell this species uses to protect its abdomen is almost always covered by hydroids which dissolve the original shell and become a living shell that grows with the hermit.

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