The Horn-Eyed Ghost Crab Ocypode ceratophthalma is one of the largest species of ghost crab, and…

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The Horn-Eyed Ghost Crab Ocypode ceratophthalma is one of the largest species of ghost crab, and can be found throughout the Indian Ocean. These crabs get their name from large and elongated eyestalks on their head, tipped with prolongations at the tip known as styles. Like other ghost crabs, one of their claws is much larger than the other.

These animals live in deep burrows near the intertidal zone of open sandy beaches. They're generalists, scavenging carrion and debris as well as preying on small animals. Ghost crabs are well adapted for life out of water and are among the few marine creatures that roam the beaches at low tide, particularly at night. They run rapidly on the sand and can burrow quickly into wet sand.

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Photo: Thai National Parks/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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