Differently tailed Crabs; Anomura

Unlike the Brachyurans which have a reasonably standard body shape, the Anomurans are a generally dissimilar bunch. They still have 10 legs, but 1 pair are small and often unseen – used for cleaning the gills. Of the infra-order it’s the Hermit Crabs that are most often noticed when we’re out scuba diving.

Soft bodied beasties that wear used shells as body protection and shelter. (4 Galleries)

Similar in shape to a true lobster but flatter and much, much smaller.

Closer to a squat lobster than a true crab, they have only 3 sets of back legs and feed by filtering particles from the water like a barnacle. (3 Galleries)

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