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Red Reef-Dweller

February 19, 2024

Red Reef-Dweller

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Kimberly Rollins Davis Kimberly Rollins Davis

Scuttling across the vibrant coral, the inch-long scarlet reef hermit crab (Paguristes cadenati) carries its algae-covered home on its back. When it outgrows this protective shell, it may don one of a different color. While this red-legged crab lives in the Spineless exhibit at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, the species originates in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic reefs.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This photo was chosen as one of the top submissions for Wild View’s Summer Celebration assignment. Congratulations! Check out our current photo contest Hunters in the Sky.

Nikon D500 with AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G

Brooklyn, US Map It


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