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Ghost Crab

Ocypoda ceratophthalma


Ghost crabs live high up on the sandy beach. They live in burrows, and the square body is coloured like sand. They run extremely fast on the tips of their legs, casting a shadow of their body on the sand. All of a sudden they stop, and lower their body so that the shadow disappears. The colour of the body matches the dry sand, and it looks as if the crab has just disappeared and melted in the sand; hence the name ‘ghost crab’.

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acewings.ajay 2 years ago

once again, a similar one spotted by me here! ID awaited.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Nice spotting.. good shot.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 3 years ago

Awesome shot!!!!

Karnataka, India

Lat: 14.85, Long: 74.12

Spotted on Nov 3, 2013
Submitted on Aug 1, 2014

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