June 2011
New York State Conservationist;Jun2011, Vol. 65 Issue 6, p16
The article presents facts about the horseshoe crab or Limulus polyphemus. The animal's name refers to the horseshoe shape of the biggest part of its shell. Its leg-like appendages are described, including its walking legs and the appendages it uses to guide food into its mouth. Elements of the horseshoe crab's diet include marine worms and mollusks. The animal's eggs are described as a vital food source for migrating shorebirds while their larvae and eggs are also eaten by a variety of fishes.


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