any one of numerous crabs owned by a bunch in the order Decapoda that protect their smooth unarmored abdomens by occupying and holding concerning the vacant shells of snails or other univalve mollusks.
a form of crab types which salvages vacant seashells or other transportable items to permanently refuge and shield their particular soft abdomens.
a marine decapod crustacean of this household Paguridæ. The species are wide ranging, and participate in many genera. Called additionally soldier crab. The hermit crabs often occupy the dead shells of various univalve mollusks. See Illust. of Commensal.
A crab associated with the family members Paguridæ (which see).
tiny soft-bodied marine crustaceans living in cast-off shells of gastropods