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Newly-discovered hermit crab species uses living coral as shells

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 20, 2017 01:03 AM
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by (Amanda Froelich) last modified Oct 19, 2017

For the first time ever, a hermit crab has been documented to have found its “forever” home. Off the coast of Japan, a new species of the crab has partnered with a living coral. The coral grows as the crab ages, which means it has no need to continue searching for a bigger shell to live in. Unlike its counterparts, this new species has a perfectly symmetrical body to fit the coral that grows with it. The discovery of the Diogenes heteropsammicola is described in the journal PLOS...





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