Animal Species:Ghost Crab

You will probably only catch a quick glimpse of this fast-moving crab as it races across the sand and disappears into a burrow.

Standard Common Name

Ghost Crab

Alternative Name/s

Stalk-eyed Crab

Identification

The Ghost Crab is relatively small and, being almost translucent with flecks of pink and yellow, it is well camouflaged against the sand. If you manage to see one up close, you will notice its eyes are on the end of long stalks.

Size range

3.5 cm

Distribution

Ghost Crabs are found in ropical waters, from the Kimberley in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales.

Habitat

Ghost Crabs live on intertidal beaches.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Ghost Crab stays in the cool protection of its burrow by day and scuttles down to the water at twilight to hunt. The burrow, which is built quite high up on the shore (sometimes over 100 m from the sea), can be over 1 m deep.

Classification

Species:
cordimana
Genus:
Ocypode
Family:
Ocypodidae
Infraorder:
Brachyura
Suborder:
Pleocyemata
Order:
Decapoda
Superorder:
Eucarida
Class:
Malacostraca
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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