Pink Ghost Crab

Ocypode ryderi

a pink ghost crab tunneling in sand below high tide mark, Malindi, Kenya, January 2012. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at the Indian Ocean shore at Malindi, Kenya, Africa. April 2011.

Ghost crabs live in the intertidal zone of beaches where they tunnel deep into the sand. They emerge especially at night to feed on whatever gets washed up from the sea. There are tens of thousands of crab species. My hope is that a specialist in crab taxonomy will verify that this is indeed Ocypode ryderi.

Ocypodidae -- Ghost and Fiddler Crab Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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updated 02 July 2022.