Anemone Hermit Crab (species: Dardanus pedunculatus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Dardanus pedunculatus
Anemone Hermit Crab

©Anne Hoggett: Dardanus pedunculatus with anemones on the mollusc shell at night on the eastern side of Lizard Island.

©Sophie Randall: Hermit crab, probably Dardanus pedunculatus, at Lizard Island as found at night. Note commensal anemones, possibly Calliactis polypus, on shell. Thanks to Shane Ahyong at Australian Museum for the identifications.

©Anne Hoggett: Dardanus pedunculatus near the bommie at North Point, Lizard Island. Thanks to Graham McMartin for the identification.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Diogenidae
Genus Dardanus
Species Dardanus pedunculatus



Distinguishing features

Usually seen at night. Graham McMartin notes (Jan 2023): "Olive green eyes (sometimes blue/green) with red bands on the ocular peduncles, blue and red antennules and an overall pale orange and pink colouration."


  • Size data has not been obtained.


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