A hermit crab, sessile on corals, exclusively feeds by feathered antennae

Abstract

The hermit crab Paguritta harmsi does not live in mobile shells, but occupies the calcareous tubes of the coral epibiont Spirobranchus giganteus (Polychaeta). Feathered (second) antennae are an unique adaptation to this sessile mode of life enabling the crab to utilize plankton carried by the water. The mode of filter feeding depends on the speed of water… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00345570

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