18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
High Hat

This Staghorn hermit crab (Manucomplanus varians) is using a piece of live hydrocoral (Janaria mirabilis) as its protective home. As it crawls around the reef, it appears to be wearing a tall whimsical hat. These crabs manicure the coral shape to their liking.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: n/a, Mexico
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © JillAnne McCarty