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Ghost crab

Ocypode africana

Description:

Common shore crab, with one claw larger than the other, even if not as marked as fidler crabs. Africana species is yellow and dominates african tropical shores.

Habitat:

They dig in the sand to hide. It feeds from algae, fungus and other decaying detritus found in the sand.

Notes:

Also called Sand Crab

1 Species ID Suggestions

LauraPound
LauraPound 7 years ago
Ghost Crab
Ocypode Ghost crab


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5 Comments

LauraPound
LauraPound 7 years ago

You're welcome Noah Citizen. :)

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 7 years ago

Ah! this one was very much alive! it was running and digging to hide in the sand. As it saw itself spotted and surounded, it fight back! Simulating chasing us. Kids were pretty scared. Quite a laugh forthe adults.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Wow, I love his warm yellow color! Nice find! I only ever find dead crabs in the sand! :-/

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 7 years ago

Yes! Thank you for the ID, Laura!

Billo-kun
Billo-kun 7 years ago

O__o cute!

Louga, Senegal

Spotted on Mar 28, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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