Ocypode cordimanus (Desmarest, 1825)

Ocypode cordimanus
Ocypode cordimanus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 13 January 2007
Location: 
Red Rock
Depth: 
0m
Ocypode caudimanus
Ocypode caudimanus
Photographer: 
Kate Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Location: 
Red Rock
Depth: 
0m
Common name: Smooth-handed Ghost Crab
Distribution:

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout western, northern and eastern Australia especially from Cape York south to the Victorian border. More common in the southern part of its range.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents sandy shores from the upper intertidal zone to above the high tide line, where it burrows deep down to the water table.

Additional Notes:

Ghost Crabs forage on the beaches early morning, evening and during the night where they feed on organic matter. Adults spend most of their lives out of water returning to the sea to spawn. Females carry the eggs and return to the water for hatching, the larvae going through many planktonic stages before settling to the substrate. Colour is pale sandy to grey, with long, thick stalked, eyes. Claws stout and rough and of similar size in both sexes. Grows to 3cm.