This little fellow appeared to be about 2 inches wide with a translucent, yellow-greyish body color and dark brown eyes. I noticed the crab's eye swiveling to seemingly give the crab a 360° view of its surroundings. It moved very swiftly and efficiently avoided beachgoers. Fun fact: Atlantic ghost crab burrows can be up to 4 feet deep! Domain: Eukarya Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Crustacea Class: Malacostraca Order: Decapoda Infraorder: Brachyura Family: Ocypodidae Genus: Ocypode Species: Ocypode Quadrata
This crab lives on a tourist beach in La Romana, Dominican Republic on a section of the shore that is clear of trash and other debris. It appeared to traverse a 20 by 20-foot span of the sand. Its burrow was located approximately 10 feet back from the waterline. From what I could tell, the crab would go back and forth from its home to the water to wet its gills.