Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Hide and Seek with a Ghost Crab


It was not easy to get a ghost crab in front to my camera, these little creatures were way to fast and tricky. This fellow came back up and disappeared quickly as soon as it saw me - we had a sort of  hide and seek situation together.


Ghost crabs,
also called sand crabs, are crabs of the genus Ocypode, common shore crabs in many countries. Characteristics of the genus include one claw being larger than the other, but this difference is not as marked as in male fiddler crabs.
These crabs are called ghosts because they are translucent, and because of their ability to disappear from sight almost instantly, scuttling at speeds up to 10 miles per hour, while making sharp directional changes. These creatures have two black eyes, with very good 360° vision.
The ghost crab tunnels down four feet into the ground at a 45° angle, creating 1–2 inches (25–51 mm) wide holes, which speckle the beach. At dusk, these crabs will sprint to the ocean in order to obtain oxygen from the water which washes over their gills, and in the beginning of the summer, females will release their eggs into the ocean.
In the south eastern United States, Ocypode quadrata is frequently seen scurrying along beaches between sunset and dawn.
The common ghost crab or smooth-handed ghost crab (Ocypode cordimana) is found on the northern Australian coast from the Kimberley region of Western Australia to New South Wales, being particularly common in New South Wales. It is also found in the Indo-Pacific region.



Hi my friends,
Thank you for all the wonderful comments in the last few days. Here on my blog or over there on my Facebook, it doesn't matter, I have enjoyed every single one very much.
I have some "homework" to do today and that includes also all that household stuff like laundry and cleaning... what I really don't like to much... Well, it has to be done, let's start with now, get over it :)

I wish you a wonderful and perfect day!

Susanne

2 comments:

nothingprofound said...

Thanks for this great shot! Translucent-amazing! I love learning about new creatures like this, really expands my world. Also, the footprint is a great touch.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you for liking my article, Marty. very much appreciated :)

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