This is a Pagurus beringanus or Bering Hermit Crab inside a pretty 3/4" topsnail shell, found clinging to a rock during a minus tide. It was crawling beside a Black Leather Chiton (aka Katy Chiton) and a smattering of baby Thatched Barnacles. This was the first Bering Hermit Crab I've identified, and its leg banding helped with the ID.
Trying to ID this tiny 3/4" hermit crab. Its body is large for its shell, like a Pagurus hirsutiusculus (Hairy Hermit) but it isn't hairy, and it has the large red pincer with a white stripe. I found it during a minus tide in the lower intertidal zone climbing across eelgrass.
Found in the forest near the beach on St. John (Cinnamon Bay)
They were everywhere. They were Blue-Handed Hermit crabs but this website doesn't recognize the name.
We found them trying to dig in dry sand. We ended up letting them go back into the ocean.
Smaller hermit crabs