Did you know?
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
European Endangered species Program
This animal is managed by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) under the European Endangered species Program.
|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.|