Hermit Crab - jointed appendages. Hermit Crabs have an open...

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Biology 121 Reef Aquarium 3/4/08 Hermit Crabs The specie from the Reef Aquarium in the GSC that I am going to describe is the Hermit Crab. The Hermit Crab is in the phylum Anthropoda in the subphylum Crustacean, and the genus name Trizopagarus strigimanus. The Hermit Crab uses an sea shells as their outer shell and when they get to big for one they go out of their shell and find a new one. Hermit Crabs like the one found in the GSC live in Reefs between zero and two hundred and twenty meters deep. They are characterized by their hard exoskeleton and their
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Unformatted text preview: jointed appendages. Hermit Crabs have an open circulatory system with hem lymph. They have chelicerae which are claws that help them feed. Their diet consists of bits and pieces of dead or decaying matter. They help clean up the aquariums floor this is their ecological role in the aquarium. When watching the hermit crab in the aquarium tank you can see the appendages as they move around and you can also can catch them eating if you are there at the right time....
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course BIO 121 taught by Professor Matzner/beaster-jones during the Spring '08 term at Augustana SD.

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