species: Calcinus minutus in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Calcinus minutus

©Marianne Dwyer: Calcinus minutus at Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Marianne Dwyer: Calcinus minutus at Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Diogenidae
Genus Calcinus
Species Calcinus minutus



Distinguishing features

A small white hermit crab with orange tips on the walking legs and black eyes with white spots. As in all Calcinus species, the left clawed leg is much larger than the right.

Malay et al (2018) note that live colouration is invaluabe in species identification of Calcinus.


  • Up to 2 cm (Carapace length for genus according to Jones and Morgan, 1994)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Jones, D.S. and G.J. Morgan (1994). A Field Guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters Reed, Sydney. ISBN: 0 7301 0403 6.

Other references

  • Malay, M.C.G., D.L. Rahayu and T.-Y. Chan (2018). Hermit crabs of the genera Calcinus Dana, Clibanarius Dana, and Dardanus Paul’son from the PANGLAO 2004 Expedition, with description of a new species and a checklist of the hermit crabs of the Philippines (Crustacea: Anomura: Paguroidea). Raffles Buletin of Zoology, 66: 23-65. LIRS catalog number 90415.