A tribe of Decapod Crustacea, of which the hermit-crab is the type.
But the hermit-crab, be it remembered, is in no real sense a parasite.
Sol′dier-crab, a hermit-crab; Sol′diering, the state of being a soldier: the occupation of a soldier.
We soon discovered crab-claws projecting from its shell, and recognized it as a hermit-crab, an original freebooter.
Sometimes you will find that a sea-anemone has fastened itself to the edge of a shell in which a hermit-crab is living.
In the case of the hermit-crab and the sea-anemone there is no doubt of the mutual advantage derived from their communal life.
He would have been a hermit-crab still, fitted with another shell by the kindness of his friends.
The hermit-crab cannot do this, and when his dwelling has become too narrow he abandons it for one that is more comfortable.
In dealing with the hermit-crab, in short, we are dealing with a case of physiological backsliding.
The hermit-crab, which selects the empty shell of a whelk or winkle for its home, is probably well known to our readers.