Atlantic Horseshoe Crab Limulus polyphemus

These “living fossils” first appeared before the dinosaurs and flying insects!

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ORIGIN:
North American Atlantic Coast

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HABITAT:
Muddy and sandy bottoms in shallow water

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
Up to 4 lbs
Length: Up to 2 ft

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DIET:
Snails, worms and algae

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PREDATORS:
Sea turtles, sharks and birds

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Thick, spiny "armor"

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay about 80,000 eggs at once

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THREATS:
Overharvesting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
20-40 yrs in wild

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