Ghost Crab Hiding On Holmes Beach

7 Oct

Ghost crabs dominate sandy shores in tropical and subtropical areas, replacing the sand hoppers that predominate in cooler areas.

They breathe through gills, which they periodically wet with seawater. They must also return to the ocean to release their eggs, which develop into marine larvae.

Adult ghost crabs dig deep burrows, comprising a long shaft with a chamber at the end, occasionally with a second entrance shaft. They remain in the burrow during the hottest part of the day, and throughout the coldest part of the winter.

They emerge mostly at night, to feed on mole crabs and coquina clams, although they will also eat a wide range of items, including carrion, debris and turtle hatchlings.



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