Image of the Day: You, My Green-Eyed Hermit 

In a delightful turn of events near the South African West Coast, scientists stumble upon a new hermit crab species with distinctively green eyes.

Jul 14, 2017
The Scientist Staff

Green-eyed hermit crab (Paragiopagurus atkinsonae



The aptly named green-eyed hermit crab (Paragiopagurus atkinsonae) was discovered while scientists were surveying shallow waters near the West Coast of South Africa.

According to a news release, “[t]he green-eyed hermit crab measures merely 70 mm in length and sports a coloration of mottled orange nuanced with cream to white.”

See J. Landschoff, R. Lemaitre, “Differentiation of three common deep-water hermit crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura, Parapaguridae) from the South African demersal abundance surveys, including the description of a new species of Paragiopagurus Lemaitre, 1996,” ZooKeysdoi:10.3897/zookeys.676.12987, 2017.