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
Mollusks, small crabs, worms and carrion; juveniles feed on insect larvae
Brackish waters of sandy intertidal flats
200 – 1,000 eggs are laid in sand burrows and fertilized by the males.
Status according to Red List: