Sunbathing will make you lighter. New behaviour observed in an intertidal hermit crab

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International Journal of Crustacean Research


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  • A, cluster of Clibanarius erythropus (Latreille, 1818) under a stone in the intertidal area of Torregorda beach (stone was carefully removed to take the picture); B, intertidal area of Santibañez beach, showing rocks and stones covered by scattered individuals of Clibanarius erythropus; C, detail of one stone with a group of Clibanarius erythropus “sunbathing” in the two observed positions: majority of hermit crabs with shell aperture downward and some of them with shell aperture upward (point out by arrows); D, nocturnal photography taken at La Caleta beach showing hermit crabs scattered over stones; E, specimen of Pagurus anachoretus Risso, 1827 at La Caleta beach with shell covers by green algae; F, specimen of Pagurus anachoretus at La Caleta beach with shell covers by calcareous concretions and Polychaeta. This figure is published in colour in the online edition of this journal, which can be accessed via

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