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Horn-eyed Ghost Crab

Ocypode ceratophthalma


This crab;s horny stalks on top of its eyes develop and lengthen with age; dark maroon on lower surfaces of shell and legs; white large claw, and often an ‘H’ marking on lower back. Can exceed 40 mm across.


Mostly found on open beach below frontal dunes, intertidal zone. Most active at night; fleet-footed scavengers and predators. Found in Northern Australia from Shark Bay, WA, to northern NSW; South Africa to Hawaii and Japan.

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1 Comment

Aaron_G 8 years ago

Moved to Arthropods.

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Jan 10, 2013
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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