Calcinus spicatus

Hermit crab
Calcinus spicatus
Calcinus spicatus, Kenn Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Calcinus spicatus
Calcinus spicatus, Nth Solitary Is, NSW, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Calcinus spicatus
Calcinus spicatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Generally pinkish, large claws bright red with pinkish pincers and numerous white spines. Eye stalks yellow or orange with white distal band. Walking legs with broad pale bands.


Max Size: 3 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.3-27.7°C

Depth: N/A

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (6.2% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.