Smooth-handed Ghost Crab (species: Ocypode cordimanus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ocypode cordimanus
Smooth-handed Ghost Crab

©Anne Hoggett: Ocypode cordimanus at South Island, Lizard Island Group

©University of Guelph students: Ocypode cordimanus at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Ocypodidae
Genus Ocypode
Species Ocypode cordimanus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 3.5 cm (Carapace width)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Quite abundant on Casuarina Beach. They were more common prior to 2009 when native Water rats reached the island.

Web resources


  • Jones, D.S. and G.J. Morgan (1994). A Field Guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters Reed, Sydney. ISBN: 0 7301 0403 6.