Friday, July 19, 2013

Horseshoe Crab - Thomas Glover

Horseshoe crabs
Limulus polyphemus
Horseshoe crabs are found in intertidal to subtidal areas from 0 feet to 75 feet. The unmistakable body shape of the horseshoe crab has not changed in thousands and thousands of years, a tribute to the evolutionary masterpiece. The body of the horseshoe crab is covered in a hard reddish-brown to grey shell. It has five pairs of multipurpose legs, used for walking, swimming, and moving food into the mouth. Female horseshoe crabs can reach 2 feet in length, whereas the males are smaller. When horseshoe crabs grow, they have to molt, or shed their shell and grow a newer, bigger one. The horseshoe crabs mouth is located in the middle of the animal on the bottom. The crab uses its legs to bring food into their mouth.
-Thomas Glover

Works cited:
Wikipedia, . N.p.. Web. 19 Jul 2013. <>.
Gosner, Kenneth L. Atlantic Seashore: A field guide to sponges, jellyfish, sea urchins, and more. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books, 1978. Print.

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