NAME: Blue-striped hermit crab (Pagurus liochele)
SIZE: Up to 50mm.
DISTRIBUTION: False Bay to Port Elizabeth down to at least 18m. Endemic.
DESCRIPTION: A medium-sized black and white hermit with bright blue stripes on the hairy legs.
NATURAL HISTORY: Sometimes seen on the palmate sea fan
INFRAORDER BRACHYURA: true crabs
Familiarize yourself with these interesting creatures and other marine animals for your next dive. For more information grab a copy of this book “A Field Guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula” by Georgina Jones available in Pisces Divers.