GIANTS at our feet--New York's horseshoe crabs

Roscoe, Lee; Stegemann, Eileen
June 2011
New York State Conservationist;Jun2011, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p12
The article discusses the presence of the horseshoe crab species Limulus polyphemus in the state of New York. They occur year-round in Long Island Sound and in other areas along the coast, with thousands coming up along the shorelines and bays of Long Island during the spawning season in May and June. It is revealed that horseshoe crabs are not true crabs but are more closely related to scorpions and spiders. Reasons for the decline in horseshoe crab populations in areas such as Delaware Bay include their vulnerability to disturbances.


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