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Ghost crab

Ocypode macrocera

Description:

(From Wikipedia), Ocypode macrocera are called ghost crabs or sand crabs that the common names are depend on countries. These are scientific classification of Ocypode ceratophthalmus, Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Malacostraca Order: Decapoda Family: Ocypodidae Species: O.macrocera Taxonomy: The characteristics of ghost crabs are nearly rectangular in shape and about 3.75–5 cm across. Long stalks support the eyes. The crab lives in burrows sometimes 1 m deep. They breathe through gills, which they periodically wet with seawater. They must also return to the ocean to release their eggs, which develop into marine larvae. Adult ghost crabs dig deep burrows, comprising a long shaft with a chamber at the end, occasionally with a second entrance shaft. They remain in the burrow during the hottest part of the day, and throughout the coldest part of the winter. They eat a wide range of items, including carrion, debris and turtle hatchlings

Habitat:

Ghost crabs dominate sandy shores in tropical and subtropical areas, replacing the sandhoppers that predominate in cooler areas.

Notes:

I found it at Bangpoo, Samut Prakan, Thailand

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Yong Cheevitsopon
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Yong Cheevitsopon

สมุทรปราการ, Samut Prakan, Thailand

Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Mar 13, 2012

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