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Ghost Crab

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Ghost Crab






  • Ghost Crab is the common name.
  • The scientific class is Malacostraca.
  • Ocypode is the scientific Genus.
  • The species is quadrata.


  • Where is this awesome creature found?
  • In the Ocean Biome.
  • Ghost Crabs are found on the shores of  South Eastern United States, and Australia.




  •  Special adaptations to its enviroment are: Ghost Crabs can hold their breath when hibernatingfor 6 months by storing oxygen in air sacs near the gills. Ghost crabs defend themselves by fighting with their claws.
  •     Desription-
  • Length: 3.5   Height: 48 inches   
  • Type of body covering: Hard shell
  • The general description is smooth but hard shell, small black eyes that are on stalks, with 4 pairs of legs and 2 claws.
  • Ghost crabs are ectothermic.
  • Ghost Crab babies are called larvae.
  • A group of Ghost Crabs are a skuttle.
  • Ghost Crabs are secondary consumers and are omnivores. 
  • Here is my food chain for a Ghost Crab:

   One Tertiary Consumer is a Seagull                                        Another Tertiary Consumer is a Shark or Big Fish




Secondary Consumer is the Ghost Crab 



 Producer is Algae

Ghost Crab Food Web 















  •  Ghost crabs capture their food by digging and sifting through the ground then snatching it with its claws.
  • Predators that eat ghost crabs are seagulls, and larger fish.
  • Ghost crabs have claws to either attack or dig underground with and a hard shell to protect themselves. 
  • Ghost crabs prey mainly on algae and micro-organisms but if in alarger group then birds,fish, or anything else that is near by.
  • The ghost crab has a mutulism relationship with terns.When terns die ghost crabs eat them then the terns are not affected by a disease the tern could have carried.
  • The ghost crab can produce 3 kinds of sounds: a rapping of the claw on the substrate, a rasping stridulation of the legs, and a bubbling sound produced from the gill chamber. Ghost crabs also wave their claws to attract mates.
  • An interesting or unusual behavior is ghost crabs walk sideways and wave their claws to attract mates.
  • Ghost crabs are doing fine.















 By: Jim Caldwell



















Comments (7)

wikiuser0002 said

at 11:53 am on Nov 13, 2008

Love the pictures!


wikiuser0021 said

at 1:29 pm on Nov 14, 2008

Nice work


wikiuser0001 said

at 4:51 pm on Nov 20, 2008

awesome work


wikiuser0055 said

at 12:45 pm on Dec 2, 2008

Lots of good info! I would recommend that you boldface or underline some important words to have them jump out at the reader.
Good job,
Mrs. G

wikiuser0045 said

at 5:19 pm on Dec 2, 2008

great job james and you sent yourself a comment lol!!!


wikiuser0007 said

at 3:46 pm on Dec 3, 2008

nice job


wikiuser0011 said

at 9:04 pm on Dec 3, 2008

nice job


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