Terrestrial Hermit Crab Populations in the Maldives

Ecology, Distribution and Anthropogenic Impact

  • Sebastian┬áSteibl

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Terrestrial hermit crabs are among the most widespread beach-dwelling organisms with key ecological functions but receive only very limited research attention. Sebastian Steibl demonstrates how physical parameters shape their overall distribution, presents a possible mechanism for their speciation and coexistence and shows for the first time how different human activities can have a major impact on their populations. The author points out that terrestrial hermit crabs, due to their conspicuous behavior to utilize shells, are a good model to study mechanisms of competition and coexistence in natural populations. Furthermore, they are suitable indicator organisms to assess human impact, as they respond differently depending on the type of anthropogenic disturbance. 

  • Shell Resource Partitioning as a Mechanism of Coexistence in Two Co-occurring Terrestrial Hermit Crab Species
  • Daytime Activity and Habitat Preferences of Two Sympatric Hermit Crab Species (Decapoda: Anomura: Coenobita)
  • Disentangling the Environmental Impact of Different Human Disturbances: a Case Study on Islands
Target Groups
Scientists and students in the field of ecology, zoology and conservation biology

About the Author
Sebastian Steibl is a PhD student at the Institute of Animal Ecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In his actual PhD research, he builds up on the presented work to investigate the architecture as well as functionality of small insular ecosystems and to analyze how different anthropogenic disturbances impact those ecosystem processes.


Terrestrial hermit crab populations Hermit crabs Maldives Urban ecology Impact assessment Resource partitioning Coexistence Island ecology Anthropogenic impact Human disturbance Beach-dwelling organism Coenobita rugosus Coenobita perlatus

Authors and affiliations

  • Sebastian┬áSteibl
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Ecology IUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer Spektrum, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-29540-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-29541-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2625-3577
  • Series Online ISSN 2625-3615
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