There were dozens of hermits at this spot (Seahouses, Northumberland) and most were this colour. Books always seem to show them as an orange-red colour.
By the way am I correct in thinking it is Pagurus bernhardus?
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Re: Stripy Hermit-crabs
That would be my guess, yes. P. bernhardus uses shells of other animals (e.g. whelks \ winkles etc.) for itself, while P. prideaux carries an anemone instead. The only other species I could find was P. cuanensis, which is very small but has a furry right claw which yours doesn't.
As for colour, I think yours would turn out to be mostly orange if you took it out the pool (and its shell) for a closer look, but it's likely to just be normal variation.
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