Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata)

Common along the Atlantic coast of the U.S., Ghost Crabs live in burrows dug they dig in the sand above tideline. Ghost Crabs are most active at night but are frequently seen during the day as well. Omnivorous, they feed on nearly anything they can get a hold of.
With stalked eyes, Ghost Crabs have 360 degree vision and are well adapted to see predators, such as gulls, from above.
Ghost Crabs are strong burrowers and did deep tunnels in the dunes.
Young Ghost Crabs exhibit cryptic coloration to blend in with their sandy environment.

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Created on ... Nov 12, 2005 | Update on ... Nov 12, 2005 |