Stalk-eyed ghost crab - Ocypode ceratophthalma by Normf

Stalk-eyed ghost crab - Ocypode ceratophthalma by 

This is one of two species of Ghost grab found in my area (the other, more common being the Smooth-handed ghost crab (Ocypode cordimana)). These crabs are called ghosts because they are well camouflaged or translucent, and disappear from sight almost instantly, scuttling at speeds up to 10 miles per hour, while making sharp directional changes. These creatures have two black eyes, with very good 360° vision.

At dusk, these crabs will sprint to the ocean in order to obtain oxygen from the water which washes over their gills, and in the beginning of the summer, females will release their eggs into the ocean.

Emerald Beach, NSW, Australia

Canon EOS 7D
Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed 1/400
Aperture Value 7.1
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM


  • eyestrange
    eyestrangeabout 5 years ago

    Don’t forget to add it to the January Avatar Challenge!

    Only one work can be entered for each challenge.

  • pahit
    pahitabout 5 years ago

    Whow, what a great shot! Wonderful!

  • Thank you, appreciated.

    – Normf

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful capture!!

  • Thanks Rainy

    – Normf

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 5 years ago

    Great job!

  • Appreciasted Gina

    – Normf

  • Dennis Stewart
    Dennis Stewartabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations..your work has been featured in the World Wildlife Photography Group

  • Michele Gluhareff
    Michele Gluhareffabout 5 years ago

    Very Cute photo!!

  • Thank you Michele

    – Normf

  • KimMoore
    KimMooreabout 5 years ago

    I love it! Great shot.

  • Cool Kim!

    – Normf

  • Rhonda  Thomassen
    Rhonda Thomassenabout 5 years ago

    Nice closeup!! Love those eyes.

  • Thank you Rhonda!

    – Normf

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture. This one is so colorful and beautiful.

  • Appreciated Bunny.

    – Normf

  • MischaC
    MischaCabout 5 years ago

    Spectacular! Thanks for all the info as well. Congrats on the well-deserved features!

  • Thank you Mischa!

    – Normf

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