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Blue-Eye Hermit Crab (Paguristes sericeus)


Blue-Eye Hermit Crab (Paguristes sericeus)

Blue-Eye Hermit Crab (Paguristes sericeus)

Photo by Tim Brown

Scientific Name:

Paguristes sericeus.


Caribbean area.


Orange in overall color, this Hermit Crab's eyes are blue, legs which are covered in hairs and large claws.

Maximum Size:

To 2.5".

Reef Safe?:

Not recommended for reef tanks, due to its eventual size and its appetite for smaller fish and defenseless invertebrates.

Diet & Feeding:

This Hermit Crab scavenges just about anything within reach of the bottom, including small fish, defenseless invertebrates, algae, and uneaten food. Its diet should be supplemented with aquarium foods once they have scraped the tank bare.


Best kept in a species only tank or a large tank with large fish. It has also been know to capture smaller fish as they sleep at night.

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