ghost crab

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ghost crab

n.
Any of various swift, light-colored burrowing crabs of the genus Ocypode that inhabit sandy shores.
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Ghost crabs at both sites were significantly smaller two years after the hurricane.
Even that wrack of seagrass and algae on the beach comes alive with ghost crabs and amphipods.
Ghost crabs are another species dependent on the Gulf shoreline to reproduce.
Marine scientist George Crozier says the work is doing some damage, like killing small ghost crabs that live in the dry sand.
This article contributes to the bioecology of ghost crabs from subtropical Praia Brava, Itajai, Santa Catarina.
and abroad to see how birds' wings provide sophisticated lessons for airplane manufacturers; how sharks' skin shows an underwater energy efficiency that can be duplicated in swimsuits for the Olympic Games; and how robot technology and even tire manufacturers are learning about leg sensors, climbing vertical surfaces, walking upside down, and extreme energy efficiency from flies, roaches, stick insects, ghost crabs, tree frogs, geckos and caribou.
Ghost crabs bury themselves beneath the cool beach sand, wild horses freely roam the island, and a variety of birds, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, and dunlins, flock to the island during the summer.
Kimo likes to run sideways, spraying sand into the air, imitating the way that the ghost crabs run.
It is clear that ghost crabs exhibit handedness given that they leave their burrow with large claw emerging first and are more likely to use the large claw to feed with.
Ghost crabs - These fast land crabs dig large burrows in sand.
During the summer of 1998 ghost crabs, Ocypode quadrata, burrows and their relationship to the tidal debris line was studied on Dauphin Island, Al.