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Ghost Crab

Ocypode

Description:

Adults are greyish or the colour of straw, and approximately 5 centimetres (2 in) wide at maturity. They must return to water periodically in order to moisten their gills, and when larvae must be released into the sea, but are otherwise terrestrial. Their stalked compound eyes can swivel to give them 360° vision. Young crabs are cryptically coloured to blend in with their sandy habitat.

Notes:

Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter

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7 Comments

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 12 years ago

Moved to Arthropods

rangergirl0141
rangergirl0141 13 years ago

OK! Look forward to the new category. Thanks for following too!

peter
peter 13 years ago

When the new category is created, we'll likely rely on our Noah Rangers but especially on our community to help us flag and reclassify :)

rangergirl0141
rangergirl0141 13 years ago

umm. OK? When the new category is ready will you(PN team) change it or will I have to change it to marine?

peter
peter 13 years ago

Shall we classify this as Other until we figure out the new Marine Invertebrate category?

rangergirl0141
rangergirl0141 13 years ago

Thanks! I got lucky as I took this with my IPhone. It was low tide and it came out from the rocks right in front of me.

lori.tas
lori.tas 13 years ago

That's a really great shot of the "defensive posture" crabs take when faced with humans.

rangergirl0141
Spotted by
rangergirl0141

Jupiter Island, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 23, 2010
Submitted on Feb 23, 2011

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