Horn-eyed Ghost Crab
Horny stalks on top of eyes develop and lengthen with age; dark maroon on lower surfaces of shell and legs; ‘H’ marking on lower back. Can exceed 40 mm across.
Common. On open beach below frontal dunes, intertidal zone. Most active at night; fleet-footed scavengers and predators, known to eat baby turtles in tropical waters. Northern Australia from Shark Bay, WA, to northern NSW; South Africa to Hawaii and Japan.
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