Pagurus stevensae Hart, 1971
Common name(s): Steven's hermit crab
|Synonyms: Pagurus brandtii|
|Pagurus stevensae captured at 80 m depth in the San Juan Channel|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles July 2001)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: P. dalli has only one row of spines on the dorsal surface of its left chela and the carpus of the right cheliped is only about 1.5x as long as wide, plus it has a distinct white band on the distal part of the merus of the chelipeds.
Geographical Range: Akun Island(Bering Sea) to Puget Sound
Depth Range: Subtidal, 5-198 m
Habitat:_On shell/gravel bottoms.
Biology/Natural History: This individual is living in the sponge Suberites suberea forma latus. It may actually be inside the fragments of a badly eroded shell which the sponge covered. This species usually lives in sponges, though it may live in a shell as well.
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Hart 1971, J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 28(10):1537. (original description)
Another photo of the same individual as above.
The same individual trying to right the sponge.
An underwater photo of Pagurus stevensae by Aaron Baldwin