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Hermit Crabs
by Aniket Kumar

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Hermit crabs insert their abdomens into gastropod mollusk shells that they carry about with them for protection. The abdomens of the crabs are soft and asymmetrical, flexed and twisted to fit into the whorls of the borrowed shells. Their abdominal appendages are especially modified for keeping the shell firmly supported on the body.

Hermit crabs are often forced to seek new shells because they have outgrown their old ones; they change their housing whenever chancing upon another shell into which they can fit.  

by Aniket Kumar (11 years)  

Images of California Condor under license with Gettyimages.com
Image of Hermit Crab courtesy:
Alaska Fisheries Science Center

4-Mar-2007
 
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