There are around five hundred types of hermit crabs in the world, and they don't all live in the same place, obviously!
Aquatic and Terrestrial Crabs
Most of the species of hermit crabs in the world are aquatic animals. In other words, they live at a range of depths which are slightly off the coasts of shallow coral reefs and shorelines, and the maximum depths at which they are found are at the bottoms of the oceans.
However, there are some species of hermit crabs in the world which are terrestrial hermit crabs. In other words, they are predominantly found to be living on the land.
Common Species of Hermit Crab
- The coconut crab (scientifically known as Birgus latro)
- The Halloween hermit crab (Ciliopagurus strigatus)
- Coenobita cavipes
- The Caribbean hermit crab (Coenobita clypeatus)
- The Ecuadorian hermit crab (Coenobita compressus)
- The strawberry land hermit crab (Coenobita perlatus)
- The Australian land hermit crab (Coenobita variabilis)
- Pagurus bernhardus
- The flat-clawed hermit crab (Pagurus pollicaris)