seen? This crab is seldom seen, usually on the higher shore.
It was previously also called Ocypode cordimana.
Features: Body width about 5cm.
Body squarish box-like. Pale greyish blue without dark markings on
the back of the body. Pincers long, downward pointing. It lacks ridges
on the inside of the 'palm'. Legs long with pointed tips. Large eyes
on very short stalks, without 'horns' on top of the eye.
May be mistaken for the Horn-eyed
ghost crab (Ocypode ceratophthalmus): the Smooth-eyed ghost
crab lacks 'horns' on its eyes and seems a little slower and less
skittish. It lacks ridges on the inner palm. But juvenile Long-eyed
ghost crabs also lack 'horns' and tend to remain immobile when spotted.
Status and threats: The Smooth-eyed ghost crab is listed
as 'Vulnerable' in the Red List of threatened animals of Singapore.
Eyes without 'horns'.
Lacks ridges on inner
Back without dark marks.
ghost crabs on Singapore shores
- Ng, Peter
K. L. and Daniele Guinot and Peter J. F. Davie, 2008. Systema
Brachyurorum: Part 1. An annotated checklist of extant Brachyuran
crabs of the world. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement
No. 17, 31 Jan 2008. 286 pp. (Online
PDF on the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology website)
- Jones Diana
S. and Gary J. Morgan, 2002. A Field Guide to Crustaceans of
Australian Waters. Reed New Holland. 224 pp.