Infra-order Brachyura, Family Ocypodidae

Smooth-handed ghost crab | Ocypode cordimanus  Latrielle, 1818

Christmas Island crabs, Smooth-handed ghost crab, Ocypode cordimanus, Christmas Island, Max Orchard

A medium size crab with a carapace to 45 mm wide.  Its elongated eyestalks do not have ocular horns like Horn-eyed ghost crabs. The inner face of the claw is smooth, without a stridulating ridge. This translucent, cream colored crab is often tinged with yellow, pink or steel grey color. It is discrete but can be observed at night foraging on the beach. More common on Christmas Island than the Horn-eyed ghost crabs.

Read more about Christmas Island's Smooth-handed ghost crab in the book

"Crabs of Christmas Island" by Max Orchard

Smooth-handed ghost crab