Caribbean Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus)

Set of scaled top and elevation drawings of the Caribbean Hermit Crab

In case you go look for a pet crab, you might as well pick the Caribbean Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus); also called the Purple Pincher, West Atlantic Crab, or Soldier Crab. However, note it is no true crab but more related to lobsters because it lacks a uniformly hard exoskeleton and is unable to grow its own shell, hence fighting for shells of dead snails. The crab is caught in the western Atlantic coastline and fits in the family Coenobitidae. The Caribbean Hermit Crab is both herbivorous and scavenger. As a terrestrial creature, it prefers to burrow and seek shelter beneath the roots of large trees.

The Caribbean Hermit Crab has an overall length between 2”-6” (5.1-15.2 cm), shell width of 1.2”-3.1” (3-8 cm), height of 1.4”-3.9” (3.5-10 cm), and weight between .22-1 lb (.1-.45 kg). The typical lifespan of the Caribbean Hermit Crab is between 15-30 years.

Details

*Under Development*

Height:
1.4”-3.9” | 3.5-10 cm
Width:
1.2”-3.1” | 3-8 cm
Depth:
Length:
2”-6” | 5.1-15.2 cm (Overall)
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Weight:
.22-1 lb | .1-.45 kg
Area:
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Scientific Name:
Coenobita clypeatus
Lifespan:
15-30 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Caribbean Hermit Crab top view, side

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Crustaceans are large group of anthropods that are typically found in freshwater or marine environments with few land-dwelling crustaceans, such as woodlice, and non-mobile creatures, such as barnacles. Crustaceans have a segmented body comprised of the head, thorax, abdomen and symmetrical legs.

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2.4”-5.9” | 6-15 cm
3”-8” | 7.6-20.3 cm (Carapace)
5.9”-15.75” | 15-40 cm (Carapace)
8.8-11 lb | 4-5 kg
40-60 years
Coconut Crab
15.000
20.300
40.000
5.000
60.00
256900
3D
Coconut Crab
2.1”-3.5” | 5.4-8.9 cm
5.9”-9.8” | 15-25 cm (Carapace)
3.9”-6.5” | 10-16.5 cm (Carapace)
2-4.4 lb | .9-2 kg
8-13 years
Dungeness Crab
8.900
25.000
16.500
2.000
13.00
103060
3D
Dungeness Crab
4.1”-6.5” | 10.5-16.6 cm
7.9”-15” | 20-38 cm (Carapace)
9.25”-14” | 23.5-35.5 cm (Carapace)
28.7-44.1 lb | 13-20 kg
50-100 years
Japanese Spider Crab
16.600
38.000
35.500
20.000
100.00
85100
3D
Japanese Spider Crab
1.5”-2.5” | 3.7-6.4 cm
3.7”-6.5” | 9.4-16.5 cm (Carapace)
3.1”-5.4” | 8-13.6 cm (Carapace)
1.1-3 lb | .5-1.35 kg
12-20 years
Snow Crab
6.400
16.500
13.600
1.350
20.00
81350
3D
Snow Crab
.24”-.28” | 6-7 mm
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
1.25”-1.5” | 3.2-3.8 cm
.1-.2 oz | 3-5 g
1-2 years
Cherry Shrimp
0.700
0.700
3.800
0.005
2.00
37700
3D
Cherry Shrimp
1.6”-5.5” | 4-14 cm
2”-5.9” | 5-15 cm
7.9”-23.6” | 20-60 cm
9-44 lb | 4-20 kg
50-140 years
Maine Lobster | American Lobster
14.000
15.000
60.000
20.000
140.00
32400
3D
Maine Lobster | American Lobster
.3”-1” | .8-2.5 cm
.5”-2” | 1.3-5 cm
2”-7” | 5.1-17.8 cm
.4-3.2 oz | 12-90 g
4-6 years
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
2.500
5.000
17.800
0.090
6.00
24200
3D
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
3.9”-6.5” | 9.8-16.4 cm
5.9”-11” | 15-28 cm (Carapace)
5.1”-10” | 13-25.3 cm (Carapace)
24-28 lb | 10.9-12.7 kg
20-30 years
Red King Crab
16.400
28.000
25.300
12.700
30.00
11300
3D
Red King Crab
1”-1.4” | 2.5-3.5 cm
1.1”-1.5” | 2.7-3.7 cm
7”-9.1” | 17.8-23.1 cm
1-2.8 oz | 30-80 g
1-2 years
Whiteleg Shrimp
3.500
3.700
23.100
0.080
2.00
8100
3D
Whiteleg Shrimp
2”-3” | 5.1-7.7 cm
5.9”-8.7” | 15-22 cm (Carapace)
3.7”-5.6” | 9.5-14.3 cm (Carapace)
.75-1.2 lb | .34-.54 kg
1-5 years
Jonah Crab
7.700
22.000
14.300
0.540
5.00
7050
3D
Jonah Crab
.6”-1.7” | 1.4-4.4 cm
1.2”-3.9” | 3-10 cm (Carapace)
1”-3” | 2.5-7.5 cm (Carapace)
1.6-5.6 oz | 45-160 g
2-5 years
Chinese Mitten Crab
4.400
10.000
7.500
0.160
5.00
6150
3D
Chinese Mitten Crab
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
.2”-.28” | 5-7 mm
2”-2.4” | 5-6 cm
.03-.07 oz | 1-2 g
2-6 years
Antarctic Krill
0.700
0.700
6.000
0.002
6.00
6100
3D
Antarctic Krill
1”-1.7” | 2.6-4.3 cm
2.5”-4” | 6.4-10.2 cm (Carapace)
2.1”-3.3” | 5.3-8.5 cm (Carapace)
2.6-3 oz | 75-85 g
3-5 years
European Green Crab
4.300
10.200
8.500
0.085
5.00
5500
3D
European Green Crab
3.7”-6.7” | 9.5-17 cm
11”-18.1” | 28-46 cm (Carapace)
8.4”-13.6” | 21.3-34.6 cm (Carapace)
20-39 lb | 9-17.7 kg
20-30 years
Tasmanian Giant Crab
17.000
46.000
34.600
17.700
30.00
5050
3D
Tasmanian Giant Crab
.8”-1.4” | 2-3.5 cm
2”-3.4” | 5-8.7 cm (Carapace)
1.8”-3.1” | 4.6-8 cm (Carapace)
.8-2 lb | .36-.91 kg
8-12 years
Red Rock Crab
3.500
8.700
8.000
0.910
12.00
3800
3D
Red Rock Crab
2.6”-3” | 6.5-7.5 cm
5.1”-5.7” | 13-14.5 cm (Carapace)
3”-3.4” | 7.6-8.7 cm (Carapace)
3-6 oz | 85-170 g
6-8 years
Florida Stone Crab
7.500
14.500
8.700
0.170
8.00
2560
3D
Florida Stone Crab
1.4”-3.9” | 3.5-10 cm
1.2”-3.1” | 3-8 cm
2”-6” | 5.1-15.2 cm (Overall)
.22-1 lb | .1-.45 kg
15-30 years
Caribbean Hermit Crab
10.000
8.000
15.200
0.450
30.00
1650
3D
Caribbean Hermit Crab
.04”-.06” | .9-1.4 mm
.05”-.07” | 1.2-1.8 mm
.39”-.59” | 10-15 mm
1-2 weeks
Spiny Water Flea
0.140
0.180
1.500
0.04
1460
3D
Spiny Water Flea