why are hermit crabs mutualistic



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    Hermit crabs and sea anemones share a mutualistic relationship because the hermit crab will often allow an anemone to travel on its shell. When they do this, the sea anemone uses its deadly tentacles to fight off the hermit crab’s natural predators, benefiting the hermit crab. The sea anemone benefits because it is able to access a wider range of organisms to feed on. Because both creatures benefit from the relationship, it is considered a mutualistic one.

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