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Coastal horseshoe crab +

Tachypleus gigas

Themenwelt: Gondwanaland
  • Mangrove horseshoe crab
  • Mangrove horseshoe crab
  • Mangrove horseshoe crab

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Horseshoe crabs have been around for about 400 million years – they are practically “living fossils”. They search for food by churning up the sand. The broad, flat front end of the body works as a perfect shovel for digging. Because of this, they are also known as “sea moles” in German. Status according to Red List: data deficient

Classification:

Order: Xiphosura

Diet:

Mollusks, small crabs, worms and carrion; juveniles feed on insect larvae

Habitat:

Brackish waters of sandy intertidal flats

Reproduction:

200 – 1,000 eggs are laid in sand burrows and fertilized by the males.

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Status according to Red List:

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