All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Ghost Crab</strong>
<em>Ocypode quadrata</em>
Navarre Beach, FL
July 28, 2009

These little white crabs exit their holes in the sand at dusk to scavenge and filter feed each evening. They are very skittish and quickly run back to their bur...
Ghost Crab
Ocypode quadrata
Navarre Beach, FL
July 28, 2009

These little white crabs exit their holes in the sand at dusk to scavenge and filter feed each evening. They are very skittish and quickly run back to their burrows if they feel threatened. I had to stand very still to get this shot with my telephoto lens. When I moved slowly to get a better angle, the crab retreated into its hole and I didn't see it again. The burrows can go as deep as 4 feet, so it would be difficult to try to dig a crab out!
Note how the eyes are on stalks. When the crab is in its burrow, the eyes swivel down and fit into the hollow areas of the shell.

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