• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Eucarida
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Suborder: Pleocyemata
  • Infraorder: Anomura
  • Superfamily: Paguroidea
  • Family: Paguridae
  • Scientific name: Pagurus pubescens
  • Norwegian: lodden eremittkreps


P. pubescens has significantly more hair on its legs than the common hermit crab. The right claw is larger than the left, and three times the length of the body (carapace).


It is usually found on a large variety of substrates, but seems to be most frequent a bit deeper than the other hermit crabs in Norway. It is common deeper than 30 meters.


This is a northern species registered in the North-East Atlantic, including the Barents Sea, the Kola Peninsula, the North Sea and as far south as to the bay of Biscay. It can be found along the entire Norwegian coast.