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The ghost crab is aptly named. It is a pale, sandy color, making it almost invisible on the sand. Its black eyes are held aloft on stalks.
The Creator has given this crab an exceptional ability that helps it survive during the winter. The ghost crab stores oxygen in air sacs near its gills. During its winter hibernation, it uses this stored oxygen while it remains buried in the sand.
CLASS: Malacostraca (woodlice, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, etc.)
ORDER: Decapoda (crabs, shrimp, and relatives)
FAMILY: Ocypodidae (ghost crabs and fiddler crabs)
GENUS: Ocypode (20 species)
Size: About 2 in (5 cm)
Diet: Small crabs, clams, turtle hatchlings, organic matter
Habitat: Exposed beaches from the tropical and subtropical coasts, including the American Atlantic, through the Mediterranean and Red Sea, to the American Pacific and Indo-Pacific region