Pagurus samuelis (Stimpson 1857)
Blueband Hermit (English)
The carpus of the right cheliped is at least slightly longer than it is wide. The dorsal surface of the left cheliped has two rows of rather short spines, and the dorsal surface of the palm of the left chela lacks a prominent ridge or crest near the midline. The chelae have tubercles or granules. The shield of the carapace is decidely longer than it is wide. The rostrum is acute. In life, the dactyl of legs two and three are bright blue.
The dactyls of legs two and three are not twisted in relation to the propodus. The ventral merus of the right cheliped has two prominent turbercles. The ventrolateral surface of the dactyl and propodus of left leg three has one or more irregular rows of small spines or tubercles.
Found in the intertidal of exposed coasts.
Generally prefers Tegula funebralis shells.
Status in BC
Native (Lamb & Hanby)
Central British Columbia to northern Mexico.