Dardanus calidus

Scientific name Dardanus calidus
Descriptor Risso
Year of description 1827
IUCN category NE
Family Diogenidae
Genus Dardanus
Dardanus calidus Dardanus calidus


Dardanus calidus is a salt water crustacea.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    10 cm
  • Maximum size
    12 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize Dardanus calidus ?

Dardanus calidus measures between 10 and 12 cm. this crustacea is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, orange and rose body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Venomous
  • Way of living

Like all crustaceans, Dardanus calidus molts whenever it becomes cramped in its shell. Before the hardening of its new body, it is more vulnerable and spends a good part of its time hidden. This mechanism, very complex, allows the periodic renewal of the exoskeleton and part of the internal skeleton. It is also during the moult that the females become fertile.

Dardanus calidus is a crustacea solitary. This species is scavenger . this crustacea lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although Dardanus calidus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Dardanus calidus is a crustacea ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    3 - 30 m

Biotope presentation

Dardanus calidus is most often found at a depth between 3m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

This species lives in decaying vegetation (branches, leaves) in low current areas.

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Bibliographic references

Symbiosis of sea anemones and hermit crabs: different resource utilization patterns in the Aegean Sea - Anna-Maria Vafeiadou - Chryssanthi Antoniadou - Chariton Chintiroglou - Springer link - 2011. 66

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