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Ocypode occidentalis Stimpson, 1860
Gulf Ghost Crab
Ghost crab burrow and sand castings.
Chacala, Nayarit Province, Mexico.
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.