Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) is a common, albeit seldom seen, resident of Florida's Gulf Coast sandy beaches.
With a pale colored body and generally nocturnal habits, this crab often goes unnoticed as it digs it's burrow in soft sand.
It's family name, Ocypode, means fast feet! And they are...as they scuttle sideways.
If you see a hole in the sand....not far above the high tide line....then observe quietly. You might see our little crab throwing sand out of his burrow.
Perfect Ghost Crab habitiat at Boca Grande Beach State Park on Gasparilla Island.